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posted May 17, 2018, 11:24 AM by School Publications

Graduation was on Saturday, May 12th at 3PM in the High School Gymnasium.  The Valedictorian was Caitlyn Mason, and the Salutatorian was Sierra Stephens. Evyn Barker, Brianna Barnett, Cameron Callaway, Dalton Lawson, Sami Long, Caitlyn Mason, Brooke Mayfield, Sierra Orechovesky, Makenzie Parkison, Taylor Rine, Brittany Sidwell, Blaze Snow, Sierra Stephens, Jason Struble, and Dakota White were the graduating seniors.  The junior marshals were Lane Himes and Amber Sachet.

By Dalton Grames

Senior Spotlight: Jason Struble

posted May 17, 2018, 11:16 AM by School Publications

Jason Struble was a senior at Brownstown High School. He is the son of Patricia and John Struble. He also has 8 siblings. Tricia is employed at the Bleacher Company in Altamont. John is employed at Midstate Campers in Bluff City. Jason is employed at Hosick in Vandalia. He details cars, so if your car is dirty go to Hosicks. They do a really great job with detailing the cars interior and making sure your car is super clean! Even though Jason is becoming a responsible adult by going to school, working a full time job and caring for his son Wyatt, Jason is still an outgoing, funny individual. He is always there for anyone in need and will help in any way he can.

When Jason was younger, he was known as the “trouble child.” He use to have bad grades. As the years have went on, he has improved so much and has proved he can be a respectful person. Jason plans on working for another year or so to save up money and buy a house here in Brownstown. He wants to be the best dad he can be for Wyatt and prove everyone wrong that just because he had a son while being in school he can be successful. Congratulations on graduating high school, and we wish you the best of luck on the next chapter of your life!

By: Carly Feltner.


posted May 7, 2018, 10:09 AM by School Publications

On April 12, 2018, in Altamont, 10 students from Brownstown had the chance to go to the Envirothon at Ballard Nature Center.   The students that went were split into 2 teams of 5. Bradley Schwarm, Joel Bloemker, Lane Himes, Brittney Wuehler, and Makenzie Walk were on team 1. Team 2 were Nick Rosborough, Madi Barker, Natalie Oberlink, Caleb Atwood, and Cassi Payne.

When the students arrived at the Envirothon, they were able to look around in the visitor center before it started.  After a few minutes of looking around, they started the Envirothon. There were five categories; aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and western rangeland management.  The highest overall scoring team was Vandalia-FFA. They had a total score of 366. Brownstown Team 1 had a total score of 314, and Brownstown Team 2 had a total score of 252.  After the events, they ate lunch which was catered by Martins IGA. Then, after all the teams were done eating, they were able to walk the trails. Even though Brownstown didn't win, the students still had fun, and had the opportunity to learn about nature and the wildlife around us.

Bradley Schwarm

High School Track

posted May 7, 2018, 9:58 AM by School Publications

For the 2018 Track and Field Season, Brownstown has hired Jessica Sefton as the new coach. Mrs. Sefton is the new health teacher for the High School and P.E. teacher for the Elementary. The track season started with two indoor meets. After about a month of practicing and six rained out meets later, the track team traveled to St. Anthony for the first meet. Coach Sefton says, “I expect this track season to be very successful. We have a number of athletes who perform very well at the meets and I'm excited to see their outcomes by the end of the season.”

The track team has eight people this year. The throwers in shot put and discus are, Macy Cripe and Jacob Baron. Claire Wilhour runs the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, 100 and 200 meter dash, and also does long jump. Willow Brown runs in the 400 meter dash and also does high jump. Justin Karnes runs in the 800 and also does long jump. Colton Bell runs in the 100 and 200 meter dash, and also throws shot put and discus. Sebastian Carmin runs in the 200 and 400 meter dash. Jace McWhorter runs in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and also does high jump. Good luck to this year’s track team and in all of your events!

By Macy Cripe

A Night To Remember

posted Apr 30, 2018, 9:03 AM by School Publications   [ updated May 1, 2018, 8:38 AM ]

On Saturday, April 28th the students of Brownstown High School danced the night away from 8-11 p.m. for their 2018 prom. This year's theme was A Night to Remember with black, gold, and silver colors. Coronation was at the BHS gym, then the dance followed at Summer Breeze Barn Venue in St. James, Illinois. Post prom was later held at the BES cafeteria from 12-3 a.m. Where the students play games, had bounce houses, and won prizes. We all had a great time!

The Brownstown High School would like to announce Evyn Barker and Dakota White as the 2018 prom queen and king! The senior candidate girls were Evyn Barker, Caitlyn Mason, Brooke Mayfield, and Sierra Orechovesky. The boys were Cameron Calloway, Dalton Lawson, Jason Struble, and Dakota White. The junior attendants were Carly Feltner and Braden Sidwell. Our little walkers were Stella Whitehead and Chris Beal. We would like to give a big thanks to the junior class and Mrs. Wakefield for all their hard work to ensure we had the best prom, Tammy Lash for letting us rent the winery and doing an amazing job on decorating, and to the post prom committee for all their dedication to ensure we had a great ending to our night!

By Dakota White

Senior Spotlight: Caitlyn Mason

posted Apr 27, 2018, 8:05 AM by School Publications

Caitlyn’s parents Clint Mason and Renee DeMain first laid eyes on her on November 9, 1999. She has grown up and has went to Brownstown school for her entire life. Even as a adult she plans on staying around here. In 10 years she plans on staying in Brownstown and going into the medical field. What Caitlyn is going to miss the most when she graduates is not being a child anymore. Graduating means the end of her childhood and she is going to miss being young. One of the best memories she has is when her boyfriend got her a puppy. When she came home for work the puppy was sitting there with a rose. That was the best gift she has ever gotten.

After high school she will be attending Lakeland College to take steps to become a Physical Therapist. She achieved this by enrolling into Lakeland College and applying to a Physical Therapy assistant program. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Steel her health occupation teacher. She always shows Caitlyn all of the career options she has in the medical field and always encourages her to do her best. Her biggest inspiration is her grandmother, that has supported her through everything.

By Elizabeth Johnson

March Students of the Month

posted Apr 27, 2018, 6:52 AM by School Publications   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 8:07 AM ]

School Publications has interviewed, Lane Himes, High School’s Student of the Month.  We asked him a few questions. Lane’s favorite book is Frankenstein. His idol is Yadier Molina, the St. Louis Cardinals Catcher.  Lane was born and raised in Brownstown. Lane says he is such a good student because he has a future set and wants to better his life.  Lane said he has wanted to do good in school since elementary school. He has 3 siblings. His parents are Frank Austin and Carol White.  Lane says he will continue to do well by working hard in college. When lane gets out of high school he wants to become a nurse. Lane says he is so popular because he feeds the youth his knowledge.  

School Publications has also interviewed, Grace Austin, Jr. High School’s Student of the Month. We asked her a few questions as well.  Her favorite book is Hoot. Her idol is her dad. She lives in Brownstown, out by Liberty Christian Church on a farm. She is such a good student because she studies a lot and helps people if they need it and is a good student in all of her classes.  Grace said she decided to do good in school about 2 months ago. She has 4 siblings. Her parents are Kassie Austin and Aaron Austin. She will continue to do well out of high school by keeping her grades up and being a good person. Grace wants to be a Veterinarian when she gets older.  She is popular because she tries to keep all of her friends happy.

By Emmett Chandler

Senior Spotlight: Cameron Callaway

posted Apr 27, 2018, 5:33 AM by School Publications

Cameron Callaway’s parents are Gina and William Lytle. He was born in the spring, but he did not grow up in Brownstown.  He moved here from Marion, IL. Cameron does not believe that he has been inspired by anyone. When he graduates, Cameron won’t miss anything from High School. Cameron believes his best memory will be graduating.

After graduating Cameron plans on going to St. Louis Christian College. He has already achieved this and will attend in the fall. His favorite teacher is Mr. Sasse because he enjoys his classes. Cameron predicts he will be alive ten years from now. He is ready to graduate and prepare for his future.

By Elizabeth Johnson

Senior Spotlight: Sierra Orechovesky

posted Apr 15, 2018, 12:58 PM by School Publications

Sierra Orechovesky, a splendid student and academic superstar was interviewed and asked some simple questions involving her future. She was asked what she was gonna do after high school, and she responded with, “after high school I plan to go to college to become a surgeon.” Then she was asked a follow up question about how she would achieve this goal and her response was,”I am going to focus on my studies to be the best that I can be.” She was asked who or what her inspiration was, and she replied, “Chester Bennington has been my inspiration since I was a little girl. I have always looked up to him and what he has overcome as a person. I myself have had many obstacles, and even though I didn't know him, he helped me in so many ways. His music seeped into my soul and changed who I am a person and as a whole. If someone so talented could get through the worst, then I could too!” 

Another question asked was where she sees herself in ten years, she replied with ”In ten years I plan on being done with school or almost done with school. If I am done with school, I plan on moving to a bigger city like St. Louis to become a surgeon.” She was asked what her favorite thing about high school was, and she responded with, “Is there any? I'm kidding, I really love the teachers. I look up to all of them and respect them greatly. Even if I'm grouchy with them sometimes.” She was asked how she feels about being a library aid and she said, “It's great, for a library its really noisy up here.” We hope Sierra achieves her goals and is successful.

By: Mason Parish

Senior Spotlight: Samantha Long

posted Apr 15, 2018, 12:49 PM by School Publications

Sami Long is a senior at Brownstown Jr./Sr. High school. The daughter of Amanda Long and Danny Cade. Her mom, Amanda lived in Virginia when she was younger. Amanda then, found her way to the fabulous Fayette County to a little town known as Brownstown. Her dad, Danny is from a little town also known as Ramsey. For a living her mom is a LPN, and her dad is a Foreman at Petco. Sami works at the Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. Her future plans consist of “having fun and to also receive a college degree. She plans on attending Kaskaskia in Vandalia for her schooling. In an interview, the question asked was “How are you going to achieve going to college.” Her response was “I’m going to bust my butt and get it done right, the first time.” Sami has always been the outgoing person in her class. She’s the type of person to speak her mind and not hold anything back. Which is good, but can be bad at times. Usually, when you read articles you notice they usually have an inspiration. Sami says “I never really had an inspiration through the years, I learned from myself, with the mistakes and problems I’ve had to deal with. 

When you read a fairy tale story, the end of the story is a prince and princess getting married. They often have children. Sami’s a little bit different. Yes she wants to get married but she has to find the right guy. Sami at the moment has said no to having kids. Sami doesn’t have a favorite part about High School, she says she's so ready to get out of here. If you've been going to school since you were in Kindergarten, after a while you’re ready to graduate and move on with your life. Sami, people will miss you when you graduate. You’ve made many people smile, and we’ve shared lots of laughs. Thanks for being real and for being who you are. Don’t change anything about yourself! Good Luck in college.

By: Carly Feltner

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