Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with awesome character.
At Annie R. Mitchell Elementary in Visalia, the students recently put on the production of “Seussical The Musical” based on the childrens books of Dr. Seuss.
In the play, there is a character named Horton who is a compassionate and determined elephant.
The student who played Horton is 5th Grader Brent Schiebelhut. Those who know Brent say the role was a perfect match.
“Horton is talking about the whos and no matter your size you are important, everybody is important, and how can we all work together. So that is a great fit for him,” said Megan Madsen, Brent’s 5th Grade Teacher at Annie R. Mitchell Elementary.
From the stage to the classroom, Brent is known for promoting equality and always being kind.
“He helps all the kids. It doesn’t matter who it is,” said Brent’s classmate, Diego Menjivar. “When someone is mean to someone he defends them.”
Brent puts others first and got many of his leadership skills in being a Boy Scout of Troop 317 in Visalia.
“Thinking about someone else beside yourself, it is way better because you care about other people,” 5th Grader Brent Schiebelhut said.
“If you just care about yourself, you don’t care about them, and will leave them hanging. Make sure you take care of them before you.”
Brent makes a point of brining up others and inspiring his fellow students to overcome struggles and challenges.
“He doesn’t give up on anybody. He always helps them,” Ms. Madsen adds on how Brent encourages his fellow classmates.
Much like his character of Horton the Elephant, who says, ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small,’ Brent reminds his classmates that everyone has greatness and to believe in themselves.
“If you are a leader, you learn a lot of stuff, and you can teach it onto other kids,” Brent said.
Brent Schiebelhut of Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School shows us why Your Character Matters.