Brumfield is a bright STAR — West Lincoln senior scores 29 on ACT

Published 8:25 pm Monday, April 16, 2018

If enthusiasm could be bottled and sold, Nick Brumfield would be a millionaire.

The West Lincoln High School senior would make a great pitch man for his school, where he’s president of as many clubs as he could fit into his schedule.

The 18-year-old son of Lyle and Sharon Brumfield, of Bogue Chitto, is active to say the least.

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“Anything we have, I try to be in it. I definitely keep myself busy without a doubt,” he said. “I just love to be involved in any way I can. I don’t want to sit by the wayside. I definitely want to make my presence known.”

He’s president of FCA, Student Council, Senior Beta Club, the Academic Team and his senior class. He’s a member of the SATP Honor Club and the bass fishing team and he’s been the manager of the Bears’ basketball team for all four years of high school.

Brumfield is also West Lincoln’s STAR Student. He chose his former coach and history teacher Brooks Smith as his STAR Teacher.

The pair were recognized in a ceremony held Thursday by the Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Foundation in the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program.

Brumfield scored a 29 on his ACT. He took it four times with the goal of getting the best score he could. While his English was a near perfect score, his math and science pulled his composite down slightly.

“I wasn’t aiming for a 36, but it would have been wonderful to make it,” he said.

His score earned him full-tuition at Copiah-Lincoln Community College where he’ll take courses that will help him pursue a career in a medical field.

“I’m leaning toward healthcare, though it’s not set in stone which career path I’ll take,” he said. “I’ve always been a people person. I love to be around people, talk to people, help people.”

He also loves politics and wants to study political science for his minor.

Age and experience are the only things that kept him from aiming for the U.S. Senate seat claimed by Cindy Hyde-Smith, of Brookhaven.

“I’ve told my parents this, if I would have been old enough and had the qualifications, I would have loved to run for Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat,” he said.

Several of Brumfield’s teachers made the list for his STAR Teacher selection, but he narrowed it down to Smith.

“I had a couple of teachers who made a pretty big impact on my life,” he said.

Smith had an edge because he was also Brumfield’s coach in junior high basketball.

“I could come to him with anything and he’d do his best to help me out. He turned into a mentor to me,” he said. “His teaching is probably the best I’ve ever been a part of. He made his class fun. He made it interactive. He made it a good learning experience. He’s a great teacher and definitely been one of the best I’ve ever had.”

Smith has been a teacher for seven years and all of those have been at West Lincoln.

He teaches U.S. history and coaches boys and girls basketball in junior high and high school.

He taught Brumfield in 10th grade world history and 11th grade U.S. history. He coached Brumfield in junior high and has worked with the teen for four years while he has been manager of the high school team.

“He’s the type of student, if you had a classroom full of Nick Brumfields, it would be an easy day,” Smith said. “He’s always trying to do his best. He’s just a great student. Whatever he chooses to do, he’ll succeed.”