Brown, Horn named top students at BMR

Brown, Horn named top students at BMR

BMR valedictorian Erin Brown, left, and Jacob Horn, salutatorian.

BLACKSTONE – Erin Brown has been named the valedictorian and Jacob Horn has been named the salutatorian of the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School class of 2020.

Brown, the daughter of Darren and Peggy Brown of Blackstone, is a star student and musician who’s dedicated herself to both her studies and her extracurricular activities throughout high school. As a member of the school’s winter guard and marching band color guard, she’s won two national titles and served as co-captain of the programs her junior year. She is also a member of the school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society and sang in the chorus during her freshman and sophomore years.

Brown has excelled academically, taking eight Advanced Placement courses and serving as vice president of the school’s National Honor Society. In this last role, she helped organize a record-setting Empty Bowl fundraiser, raising $1,900 for the Blackstone Food Pantry earlier this year. She is also the recipient of the Harvard Book Award for her leadership, achievement and commitment to community.

Following graduation, she plans to attend California State University, Long Beach to study Asian studies with minors in economics and international relations. Brown said she was first drawn to Asian culture through music and hopes to use her knowledge to work in international diplomacy or translation.

Brown credited her teachers with giving her support throughout high school. She also gave a shout-out to her classmates, many of whom have continued to overcome challenges and excel despite the unusual situation presented by COVID-19.

“We’re not letting it stop us, even though we’re all staying safe,” she said. “We’re doing what we can, and I’m really proud of everyone. There’s so many people who thought they were never going to graduate, thought they were never going to go to college, and they’re still out there doing that.”

Horn, the son of Brian and Christine Horn of Blackstone, has also excelled academically, taking nine AP courses during his high school career. He played for four years in the marching band, winning two national championships, experiences he said were a highlight of his time at BMR.

During high school, he was particularly drawn to math, enrolling in pre-AP pre-calculus and AP statistics and interning with his math teacher during his junior year. It was after taking algebra II during his freshman year, he said, that he decided to pursue a career as a math teacher.

“My teacher had a great appreciation for math and worked really hard to spread that appreciation to his students, and that is something I would like to do,” he said. “I have always loved mathematics, and seeing his experience and goal to spread a deeper appreciation of math created a deeper want within me to do the same.”

Horn plans to study math at the University of Massachusetts Boston.