Students of the Month honored at Brownstown


Since winter weather canceled classes the day of the January school board meeting, Brownstown Central Community School Corp. recognized Students of the Month for two months during the February meeting Tuesday in the middle school cafeteria.

Students receiving certificates were fifth-grader Camryn Thompson for the elementary; seventh-grader Kendra McCory and eighth-grader Addyson Krieger for the middle school; and junior Nathan Mann and senior Conner Burgess for the high school.

Camryn was recommended for the award by her fifth-grade teacher, Becky Baker.

“She’s such a conscientious student and always gets her work done on time,” Principal Tom McCool said in reading Baker’s comments. “She is polite to her classmates and teachers, and I can always count on Camryn and her polite manner and a smile to do what is best to help her peers and teachers whenever she is called upon. It is such a pleasure to have her in class.”

Kendra was chosen as the seventh-grade Student of the Month.

“She is a teacher’s privilege and an honor to have such an outstanding student in the classroom,” Principal Doug McClure said. “Kendra makes the teachers’ job much easier and enjoyable. Kendra 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.”

The seventh-grade teachers also said Kendra always is willing to volunteer to help students who are struggling in the classroom. She also participates in several extracurricular activities.

“Kendra is a great leader in cooperative learning activities,” McClure said. “She is a take-charge student in her extra support tribe as well as Tribal Council.”

Addyson was selected for the honor by her teachers. She is president of the Tribal Council and also is involved in band, volleyball and softball and is an active member of her church.

“Addyson is a one-of-a-kind young lady who is a natural-born leader,” McClure said. “She shines bright in everything she is involved in and is not afraid to volunteer ideas or help in any way possible.”

Addyson has been a part of the annual Christmas Cheer toy drive and even organized her own trip to purchase items for the Tribal Council to sell to raise money. She also has initiated a canned food drive for band and a T-shirt sale to raise money for breast cancer research.

“When doing so, she led her peers in an extremely mature fashion,” McClure said. “Her peers look up to her for guidance because they respect her and her leadership.”

Agriculture teacher and FFA adviser Blake Hackman nominated Mann for the agriculture department’s Student of the Month.

“Nathan is a young man whose level of maturity is far greater than his age indicates,” Principal Joe Sheffer said in reading Hackman’s comments. “He is respectful, focused and enjoys challenging himself. Besides that, he enjoys coming to school every day.”

Burgess was chosen as the business department’s Student of the Month by business teacher Robin Perry. He recently was the county-level winner of the Maverick Challenge high school business planning competition, earning $2,000 and a chance to move on to the regional competition Feb. 20 in Columbus.

Since 2012, Perry’s students have won $20,800 in prize money by participating in the competition.

“It’s obvious she does a nice job of working with our students and preparing them,” Sheffer said. “Hopefully, this total will go up when Conner goes to the finals.”

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7080.