Rotary Club of Alton-Godfrey selects the students of the month | Riverbend News
Alton High School students Sydney Brunaugh and Jimmeilia Patterson were honored as Students of the Month for May at the regular Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club reunion at Gentelin’s Restaurant.
Students selected for this honor are recognized and awarded at a Rotary club meeting and may compete for a $ 6,000 scholarship which will be awarded to one of the monthly students during the school year.
Brunaugh is the daughter of Jason and Nikki Brunaugh from Alton. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
She has a GPA of 4.385 on a 4.0 scale, which places her in the top 5% of the senior class, and she was named the silver medalist. She was elected treasurer of Mu Alpha Theta, the honor society of mathematics. She also participated in the Saturday Scholars and the Physics Club. In the first year, she was named student of the year in digital photography.
She has a passion for football. At AHS, she was a member of the varsity team for all four years and was named team captain for her junior and senior seasons. She has been playing since the age of 3 and has also played in many club teams.
Brunaugh and her family participated in Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit organization that builds beds for children in need. His father started the Alton chapter. She has been addicted to this operation ever since she had her first home birth and saw the look on the child’s face.
Brunaugh will attend Iowa State University to earn a degree in architecture. She hopes to continue playing soccer at the intramural or club level.
Patterson is the niece of Dennis and Deidre Moore of Alton. She is a member of the CEO program, coordinated by the Riverbend Growth Association.
She was very active in the activities at Alton High School, but continued to take more specialization courses as she progressed as a student in the upper class.
She did cross country and was on the track team. However, her main sport has been women’s basketball. She was the MVP of the team, the Scholar Athlete and was named Riverbender Athlete of the Month. In addition to athletics, she also participated in the student council and the book club.
She was also involved in tutoring from Kindergarten to Grade 3. Through her aunt, she also got involved in the My Sister’s Keeper program. This program led her to help distribute covid protection items, especially to widows, children and those in need.
Even with this busy schedule, she held a variety of jobs throughout high school including the Godfrey Corn Maze, West Alton Firework Tent, Taco Bell, and Walmart.
After graduation, she plans to attend Tennessee State University in Nashville with the intention of becoming a labor and delivery nurse. She eventually finds herself involved in real estate, renting houses.
The students received plaques of recognition from Andy Bowen, president of the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club.