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Jacob Brown is January Rotary Student of the Month

Pictured, from left, are Derrick Jaeger, Rotary member; Jim Brown, father; Diane Brown, mother; Jake Brown, Student of the Month; Paul Olson, HHS nominating staff; and Don Bettis, Rotary member. (Submitted photo)

Jacob Brown is the Rotary Student of the Month for January.

Here is what nominating teacher Paul Olson had to say about Brown:

I would like to nominate Jacob Brown for Rotary Student of the Month. I have had the pleasure of knowing Jacob for a long time, starting with coaching him as an eighth-grader for traveling basketball. I have continued my relationship with Jacob helping coach him the past few seasons for both football and basketball. While these experiences have helped paint the picture of who Jacob is, having him in class now as a senior has added a new dimension. Jacob is a 4.0 student and is one of the top students in my A.P. Statistics course.

Being a 4.0 student does not come easy, and sometimes students can be a little too concerned with their own performance rather than taking the time to help others. Jacob does a very nice job balancing this. Other students look to Jacob for help or a quick pointer and he always finds the time to help them while maintaining his own high level of work. I was already more aware of this side of Jacob in athletics, but I loved to see that this service was not only in athletics, but in the classroom as well. In football, Jacob was willing to play wherever the team needed him. He was extremely selfless in his attitude throughout the year playing major minutes at multiple positions including quarterback, wide receiver, tight end and outside linebacker. While he did a good job catching the ball on the perimeter, what made him stand out was the effort he gave blocking for our running backs. Along with the offensive line, these players often do not receive many accolades from the general public even though many touchdowns would never have happened without his blocking. He was also nominated as a captain for his senior year of basketball. His leadership has been very evident already over the past summer the way he interacts with younger post players in developing their game.

His attitude, no matter the sport, is always team first and he is extremely coachable by taking criticism and constantly working to improve. Jacob also holds a leadership position in our National Honors Society and is co-chairing the Red Cross Blood Drive. I'm not directly involved with that organization, but I do know a big component is volunteering. We are truly blessed to have such amazing students at Hastings High School, but Jacob has separated himself as one of the best. I'm glad I have the privilege of working with him each day in the classroom and for the next few months during basketball season. He is one of those kids that makes you really look forward to "work" the next day!

Brown is considering three colleges for the fall and looking to study actuarial science or mechanical engineering.