Brownstown restarts Students of the Month program


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Three girls have been recognized as the first Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Students of the Month for the 2021-22 school year.

Second-grader Hollyn Sterling, eighth-grader Finley Wheeler and sophomore Megan VonDielingen recently received certificates for the honor, and their principals shared comments about them during the board of school trustees meeting Sept. 14.

Sterling was named Little Brave of the Month for respect for the second year in a row, this time from her second grade teacher, Sharon Pottschmidt.

“She was chosen because she’s a student I can always count on to be listening and following directions the first time they are given,” Brownstown Elementary School Principal Chrystal Street said in reading Pottschmidt’s comments. “Because she does this, many times, she has helped other students who were not listening and paying attention. Hollyn takes her work seriously and does a good job in second grade.”

Wheeler also earned Student of the Month for the second time. Brownstown Central Middle School Principal Doug McClure said the other time was in sixth grade when she was the responsibility winner.

“It is a teacher’s privilege, pleasure and honor to have such an outstanding student in the classroom,” McClure said in reading the eighth grade teachers’ comments.

“Finley makes the teachers’ job so much more enjoyable,” they wrote. “Finley always arrives to class with a smile on her face and eager to learn. She never seems to have a bad day, and if she is having one, she doesn’t let it show or affect her performance. She always adds something positive in the classroom through her participation or actions.”

Wheeler has been an active member of the Tribal Council for two years and has helped lead activities to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, the Brownstown Christmas Cheer toy drive and the BCMS staff appreciation luncheon.

The teachers also said she is responsible and conscientious and a leader on the volleyball court, and she didn’t miss an assignment during the first review period.

“With all that being said, we couldn’t be prouder to award Student of the Month to a more deserving, responsible and accountable student,” the teachers wrote. “She truly exemplifies the three R’s (respect, responsibility and resourcefulness) at BCMS. Keep up the tremendous work, Finley.”

McClure said it’s a pleasure to see Wheeler come into school every day.

“She truly has just one of those outstanding personalities, always a smile on her face, always a ‘Good morning,’” he said. “Her presence in the middle school next year will be sorely missed. She is truly a leader in our building, and it’s a privilege to honor her and recognize her.”

VonDielingen was chosen Student of the Month by the high school science teachers.

“Megan is a conscientious, hardworking and caring young lady that is very deserving of this honor,” Brownstown Central High School Principal Joe Sheffer said in sharing the teachers’ comments. “Megan holds herself to a high standard academically and always wants to learn more. She is a leader in the science classroom during activities and labs and is curious about understanding all fields of science.”

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