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Ansley Brown of Poplar Grove Middle selected Goodall Homes Student of the month

March 3, 2017

Ansley Brown of Poplar Grove Middle selected Goodall Homes Student of the month

(By Derby Jones. Staff writer for the Williamson Herald. Chick HERE for full article)
  Popular Grove teacher Laura Lavery (left) with Ansley Brown's father, Taft Brown,  Ansley, mother Kristen and Rachael Overall of Goodall Homes.
Poplar Grove Middle Schools celebrates Pride Time each month to recognize students in all aspects of school, whether it be choir, Beta club or athletics. On Friday the student body was surprised when an announcement was broadcast that the school would honor a special student with the Goodall Homes Student of the Month award.
Ansley Brown, an eighth grader at Poplar Grove Middle, was selected by Goodall Homes as the January Student of the Month. Her teacher Laura Lavery defined her as the ideal student, earning the title due to her extraordinary ability to multitask in the classroom. “She completes the homework projects and weekly reviews always ahead of schedule,” said Lavery. Brown regularly chooses the early bird and extra work challenge on assignments, and Lavery noted that this serves as a role model to other students in the class. “Every class needs an Ansley,” said Lavery. “She truly makes my job easier and she deserves this recognition.” Parents Kristen and Taft Brown were also in attendance at Pride time and both were beaming with pride as Ansley’s name was called out as one of the Beta team members prior to the Goodall award. “She is confident with a humble heart,” said father Taft. “She helps others elevate with her hard work.” Taft kept coming back to the word “humble” when describing his daughter. Mother Kristen agreed that their daughter Ansley is a hard worker who is self-motivated and is a role model for others in her class. “She is very well-rounded,” said Kristen. “She is very creative, she loves the arts, she sings, and she loves poetry.” When asked about winning the award, Ansley Brown’s humbleness was evident. “I love Poplar Grove but I have my teachers, my school and my parents to thank,” said Ansley. Ansley is not only an excellent student but also works in the community by being involved in local inner mission trips the past three summers. She has also volunteered for the Room in the Inn, is a leader in FCA and has helped tutor students in math. “She is not only a role model in school but in the community,” said Rachel Overall, marketing director of Goodall Homes. “She is the type of student we look to celebrate and recognize. It is students like her that make my job a joy.” For more information or to nominate a student for the Goodall Homes Student of the Month, please visit the Williamson Herald’s website at
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