Certificates were presented to three students during a Brownstown Central Community School Corp. board of trustees meeting Tuesday night at the elementary school.

The Students of the Month are junior Laken Reynolds, seventh-grader Erin Singleton and fourth-grader Bryson Russell.

Reynolds was selected for the honor by industrial technology teacher Dan Schwartz.

“She has a friendly smile and disposition,” Principal Joe Sheffer said in reading Schwartz’s comments. “She is always willing to help others and has a positive work ethic. She has been in several of my classes, and her work is of the finest quality, and her detail is superb. She is a joy to have in class, and I feel privileged to be her teacher.”

Erin was chosen for recognition by her seventh-grade teachers.

“She enters the classroom every day with such urgency to learn,” Principal Doug McClure said while reading the nomination letter. “She is always well prepared and has completed all tasks that have been set before her. She represents the three Rs that we encourage at the middle school — respect, responsibility and resourcefulness in our students. She is eager to help others and volunteers for any extra duties. She makes teaching a pleasure.”

Outside of the classroom, Erin plays basketball and volleyball and recently was selected to participate in Leadership Jackson County’s youth leadership program, YoJack.

“Seeing her play volleyball, seeing her play basketball, just the tenacity that she has on the court in the athletic arena but also the grace and poise and sportsmanship with which she conducts herself, she is the example for our building,” McClure said.

Bryson was named Little Brave of the Month for the topic of reading. He was chosen by his teacher, Elisa Reed.

“Bryson is an avid reader,” Principal Chrystal Street said in reading Reed’s comments. “He reads independently without having to be told, and he is an enthusiastic participant in reading lessons. With 62 Accelerated Reader points, he is racing ahead of the minimum 40 points required in fourth grade.”

Reed said Bryson always has a book handy to read.

“He reads when I am collecting or passing out papers and when he’s finished with other assignments or any time of transition in which he can squeeze in a few more pages,” she said. “Whenever we are walking in line, he will often talk to me about the characters and adventures he is reading about. He is always wearing a smile when he is talking about his books, and that makes me smile.”

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