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Zach Spicer, The Tribune/ Fifth-grader Grant Black, left, and sophomore Richie Ruddick recently were recognized as Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Students of the Month. Not pictured is seventh-grader Payton Ault.

BROWNSTOWN

Three students recently were recognized during a Brownstown Central Community School Corp. board of trustees meeting.

Earning Student of the Month certificates were sophomore Richie Ruddick, seventh-grader Payton Ault and fifth-grader Grant Black.

Ruddick was nominated for the honor by band director Richard Branaman.

“Richie Ruddick is a cornerstone in our band organization,” Principal Joe Sheffer said in reading Branaman’s comments. “Richie is a solid musician and a very talented saxophonist who has demonstrated great promise on the trumpet, as well.”

Branaman said Ruddick has proven his character and devotion to the band through his service.

“There is no task that Richie sees as below him,” Branaman wrote. “Ask Richie to do something one time, and he makes it his responsibility every time. He is usually one of the last students to leave and will always come and ask, ‘Do you need anything else, Mr. Branaman?'”

The seventh-grade teachers chose Payton for promoting the three Rs — respect, responsibility and resourcefulness.

“Payton is an exceptionally hardworking student who always seems to put forth her best effort at whatever task or challenge that is put in front of her,” Principal Doug McClure said while reading the nomination letter.

The teachers commended Payton for managing to be on level every review period with no missing assignments while participating in volleyball, basketball and softball.

“Not everything always comes easy for Payton in the classroom, but she uses her don’t-quit attitude to go above and beyond her role as a student to demonstrate her commitment to her education,” the teachers wrote.

“Payton is a joy to have in class because she brightens everyone’s day with a friendly smile and treats others with respect and kindness. We’re very honored to have Payton Ault represent the seventh-grade class because she is well deserving of this title and hope that her work ethic, determination, personality and desire to succeed might set an example for other students in her class. It’s a good day every day to have Payton Ault as a student in class. BCMS is very lucky.”

Grant was named Little Brave of the Month for art by art teacher Robb Reynolds.

“Grant is self-motivated and highly creative who seeks constructive criticism,” Principal Chrystal Street said in reading Reynolds’ comments. “Grant is helpful, kind and courteous. It has been a pleasure to help Grant grow his art interests and skills. I look forward to seeing Grant develop and grow as an artist.”

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