Brian Kelley, son of Gary and Denise Kelley, was selected as the September Orangefield Student of the Month. Brian is currently ranked 1st out of 135 students and holds a 4.0 Grade Point Average on the college 4.0 scale and a 4.85 on the OHS ranking scale.

Brian was presented with a certificate, a $25 Walmart Gift Card and $20 by Firestone Credit Union to open an account on Sept. 14 at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce’s monthly coffee held at Firestone Credit Union in Bridge City.

Brian has participated in the National Honor Society, University Interscholastic League (UIL) current events team, UIL science team, tennis team, junior class vice president, as well as in the band, serving as drum major and lieutenant.

Previously chosen to represent Orangefield High School for the Hugh O’Brian Youth leadership camp, Brian also participated in Kiwana’s Citizenship Day. He has received merit awards, also known as Big O awards, in Honors Geometry, Honors IPC, Pre AP Biology, Pre AP Chemistry, Pre AP English I and Pre AP English II, Spanish I and Spanish II, and Band.

He has also received the Outstanding Performer Award at the UIL Piano Solo Competition and received the Chemistry Award from Sabine Neches Chapter of the American Chemistry Society.

Brian stays active in the community by participating in the Adam’s Bayou Trash Off, Hurricane Ike clean up, volunteering for the Symphony of Southeast Texas, helping with the Christmas food drive at the Salvation Army and playing the organ for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

He has not yet decided which university he will attend, but is considering a major in music.

Chosen as “student of the month” by the Orangefield English Department; Brian’s junior AP English teacher, Ms. Crosby, says, “Brian is dedicated to excellence in anything he attempts. He has a dry sense of humor and knows how to turn a phrase. He has so many interests; I think he’s the ‘Total Package’.”

Mr. Cascio, his senior dual credit English and Honors Spanish II teacher, says. “It is refreshing and encouraging to have the opportunity to teach a student of Brian’s caliber. His unique perspective on life, his unflagging devotion to the pursuit of learning and his admirable work ethic are lessons for us all.”

Ms Windom, his art teacher comments, “Brian Kelley is extremely conscientious about his work. Even though Art I is a new subject for him, he attacks it as if it were calculus or physics. He works hard, reworks, takes work home, and continues until his art is perfect and up to his always high standards. He is a joy to have in class…ANY class.”