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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

Senior Spotlight: Brittney Sidwell

posted Apr 15, 2018, 12:36 PM by School Publications

Brittney Sidwell has attend Brownstown Schools ever since she started going to school. We had one of the school publication members go and interview her with a few questions. We asked her what her plans were after high school and her answer was “I plan to go to Lake Land Community College for two years. After that a four year university, I haven't exactly figured out where I'm going, but it's between SIUE, SIU, and Millikin university. After college I hope to have a successful job that includes being an animator or cartoonist.” In ten years she is hoping to either have a job at Disney or a cartoon/animation job, maybe work at Cartoon Network. The people who gave her inspiration are Walt Disney and Mel Blanc. Walt Disney was the creator of Disney-Mickey Mouse and friends, and the princesses too. Mel Blanc was the voice of most of the cartoons we all grew up watching like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Barney Rubble, etc.

They asked her, what committees and sports she has been in? Her answer was “I have been on the yearbook committee for two years, started in my junior year. I have not done a sport my high school career.” Brittney’s favorite part of high school is the laugh and getting to go home and lets not forget she likes okaw too. The very worst part which not only Brittney hates but most people do is waking up early. Her favorite teachers are Mr. Sasse, Mr. Harms, Mrs. Campbell, and her Okaw teacher Mr. Dierkes. We all know Brittney as very sweet and artistic. We wish you the best of luck after high school!


By chloe haslett


Senior Spotlight: Dalton Lawson

posted Apr 5, 2018, 11:18 AM by School Publications   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 11:26 AM ]


Dalton Lawson is a senior at Brownstown High School, and his favorite food is nachos. Dalton’s idol is Ron Swanson. When asked what his favorite movie was, he responded with "Anything Nicholas Sparks." His favorite activities are lunch, spending all class period in the bathroom, and causing mischief in the halls.


As a senior Dalton has not yet planned for the future. He does not plan on getting married. He says that marriage is the number 1 leading cause of divorce. He will not be attending college because, "College is overrated!” His favorite teacher is Mr. Harms, he doesn’t like him he just dislikes him less than the others. Dalton is planning to live in a house in the future. Congrats on almost getting through the past 4 years of High School, your humor will be missed.    


By Macy Cripe


February's Students of the Month

posted Apr 5, 2018, 10:32 AM by School Publications   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 11:08 AM ]


School Publications recently interviewed two students.  First we interviewed Caitlyn Mason, High School’s Student of the Month.  Her favorite book is a walk to remember. Caitlyn’s idol is her grandma. She lives in Brownstown, IL.  She is such a good student because she does the best she can. Caitlyn says she has always tried to make good grades.  Caitlyn has 3 siblings and about to be 4, she has three brothers and a sister on the way. Her parents are Renee Demain and Clint Mason.  After highschool Caitlyn wants to study Physical Therapy at Lake Land College. After college she wants to be a Physical Therapy Assistant.


We also interviewed Taylor Smith, Jr. High School’s Student of the Month.  His favorite books are the Hunger Games trilogy. Taylor’s idol is Donald Trump.  He lives south of Brownstown. He is such a good student because his parents push him to be.  He has always tried to do well in school. Taylor has a ½ sibling. Taylor’s parents are Brandi and Justin Smith.  Taylor says he is going to keep his good work ethic out of high school by keep doing what he is doing. When Taylor gets older he wants to go into something with Law Enforcement.  


By Emmett Chandler

Senior Spotlight: Taylor Rine

posted Apr 5, 2018, 10:22 AM by School Publications   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 10:25 AM ]


Taylor Rine was interviewed for a senior spotlight, Taylor’s plans after high school are attending Kaskaskia College to receive her CNA licenses then continuing her education to then become an RN (Registered Nurse) or work at the Fayette County sheriff's department.  She is not completely sure about this but that’s her plan. To achieve these goals she is dedicating all her time and hard work to her schooling. In five years, Taylor hopes she has graduated from college with a good paying job, living on her own and maybe even married. Taylor’s parents Benji and Hattie Rine. When asked why she is so popular this was her humble response.  “I speak to quite a bit of people at school, but I only hangout with like three people so I don’t consider myself popular”.


Taylor does not participate in sports.  Taylor doesn’t have a favorite time of at the moment, but she guarantees my favorite part of high school will be graduation.  Taylor’s work based class is her favorite class, being able to attend her first three hours of school at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.  If she could go back she would try harder in school instead of goofing around. She would also be dead set on a future career instead of being unsure and changing my mind constantly.


By Dalton Grames

Senior Spotlight: Brianna Barnett

posted Mar 26, 2018, 9:00 AM by School Publications   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 9:01 AM ]

Brianna Barnett strives to attend Lakeland Community College in the future. She wants to be a CNA and then work towards being an RN.  Brianna is very ambitious and wants a lot for her future. She sees herself living in a big house in ten years, driving a jeep, and possibly teaching through the day and being a CNA through the night.  Brianna says her biggest inspiration is her mom. Her mom has taught her a lot about life. Brianna said her favorite teacher would be Mrs. Hanke from Vandalia. Mrs. Hanke was there for her a lot when she needed her.  

Brianna's favorite class is STEP because she gets to go to the elementary school and help with the Pre-K.  Brianna also says her favorite memory would be going to the gym with her friends. Brianna's favorite game in P.E. is badminton or volleyball.  Brianna says she would like to tell the seniors next year to just be themselves.

By Amber Sarchet


Senior Spotlight: Brooke Mayfield

posted Mar 26, 2018, 8:45 AM by School Publications   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 8:50 AM ]


Brooke Mayfield is the daughter of Chad and Shannon Mayfield. Brooke’s plans after high school are to go to Lakeland College and become a Medical Assistant.  She will attend the Medical Assistant Program they offer which is a two year program and she will receive an associates degree from it. She wants to become a medical assistant because she has had an interest in nursing but more comfortable with paperwork. She said a medical assistant does a little bit of both so she knew it was the job for her.  Brooke will achieve her goal by staying focused on her career, getting good grades, and graduating. In ten years she sees herself working in a doctor’s office or clinic around here.

Brooke's mom has been her inspiration, she has helped her accomplish the steps she has had to take to become a medical assistant.  Brooke said she is going to miss high school. Growing up she wanted to graduate and get out of school, but now she realizes that high school is the easiest thing in life. She said that “from now on it is work and bills”. Her favorite part of high school was getting to be with her friends. Brookes favorite teacher in high school is Mr. Harms.  

By Emmett Chandler

Senior Spotlight: Makenzie Parkison

posted Mar 18, 2018, 5:15 PM by School Publications   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 5:18 PM ]

Makenzie Parkison is a senior at Brownstown Jr/Sr High School. She has lived on a farm all her life and would like to stay in the Ag business. It will take her two to four years to get her Ag degree. Makenzie will accomplish this by working hard in school and doing well. She would like to get her Associates Degree in Ag Business. Makenzie would like to stay on the family farm as a manager. She would love to have a farm in Oklahoma to live out the rest of her days.

Makenzie has been best friends with Emily Aderman all through high school. She has looked up to her older brother Marshall all her life. Makenzie has made decent grades through school and already has a plan. She wants to be living in Oklahoma, married, and working as a manager on the family farm in 10 years. She has been a great student at Brownstown Jr/Sr High School and we wish her all the luck through life.

By Lane Himes


Senior Spotlight: Sierra Stephens

posted Mar 18, 2018, 5:01 PM by School Publications   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 5:09 PM ]


The School Publication class did an article over Sierra Stephens. Her mother and father are Art and Malia Stephens. She was born July 29 and Sierra’s inspiration growing up is her mother that has pushed her to be the best she can be and always encourages her to be true to who she is. Her family moved to Brownstown when she started the 7th grade.  After graduating she will miss the daily routine of her classmates, even though they drive her crazy she feels like they became a family over the years.

          After graduating she will be attending Anderson University where she will be working on getting a degree in nursing. For four years of college and three years of clinical work she will achieve a degree in nursing. After ten years she is going to be working in Illinois, Indiana, or Haiti in a obstetrics unit. Throughout the years she has become close with Mrs. Campbell. Spiritually and academically she is able to always go to Mrs. Campbell for help. Her favorite memory was in Haiti with a girl she spent the whole day with named Cassandra and to this day she misses her very much.


By Elizabeth Johnson


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