"We are so proud and honored to be able to share this moment of celebration and recognition with you. You are each amazing students, and it has been fun meeting you and seeing your energy. I know your family, teachers, and friends are proud of you. I hope you, too, are proud to be here," said Superintendent David Alexander.
The Ascension Parish School Board honored the 2017-18 Students of the Year at its February 6 meeting at Donaldsonville High School. Awards were given to one student from each school plus one district winner for each grade level: fifth, eight, and twelfth grades.
Superintendent David Alexander gave the following remarks during the meeting: "We are so proud and honored to be able to share this moment of celebration and recognition with you. You are each amazing students, and it has been fun meeting you and seeing your energy. I know your family, teachers, and friends are proud of you. I hope you, too, are proud to be here," said Alexander.
"Continue with those commitments and priorities that allowed you to experience this honor. Your perseverance, personal discipline, and courage to overcome moments of failure and disappointment are the real award and merits of this evening. Congratulations to you, our students of the year!"
Caleb Ethan Brown is the Fifth Grade Student of the Year. The Dutchtown Primary student is active in both school and the community. He is part of Ascension Parish's Talented and Gifted Program, Robotics Club, and Junior Beta Club. He plays basketball, baseball, and soccer. Brown is also part of his church's Kidz ministry. He has won numerous awards including Principal's List, Outstanding Accelerated Reader Award, Perfect Attendance Award, and Author of the Month. He is the son of Steve and Rachael Brown.
The Eight Grade Student of the Year is Matthew Lass. He holds numerous membership and leadership roles at Prairieville Middle. Brown is a member of Beta Club, Youth Legislature, Student Council, Mathletes, 4-H, and Alpha Club. He plays in the band, as well as on the soccer and track and field teams. Lass has won awards including Second Place in the Engineering Mechanics Division at LSU's Engineering and Science Fair. He also received a Certificate of Merit from Duke's Talent Identification Program, and First Place in Weapons with a Black Belt from the Professional Karate School of America. He is the son of Jan and Jackie Lass.
Christina Robertson is the 2017-18 Twelfth Grade Student of the Year. The Dutchtown High senior has a 4.6 GPA and scored a 33 on the ACT. She is active in clubs, organizations, and the community. She mentors freshmen at her school and is a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, and the Poetry Slam Team. She represented Dutchtown in Girls State and placed first in the Regional Literary Rally. Among her other awards are a Certificate of Excellence for being the Outstanding Parish Citizen at Louisiana Girls State, First Place in the Website Division at National History Day in Washington, D.C., and being named an AP Scholar by the College Board. She is the daughter of Ronald and Gearuell Robertson.
The following are Ascension's Students of the Year grouped by grade level:
FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR
Claire Michelle Delaney, Central Primary School
Olivia Gabriela Puccio, Duplessis Primary School
Caleb Ethan Barrow, Dutchtown Primary School
Michael Anthony Wilson, Jr., G.W. Carver Primary School
Carlyle Elise Runfalo, Galvez Primary School
Brooklyn Elise Battle, Gonzales Primary School
Jillian Grace Martin, Lake Elementary School
Ava Leigh Vicknair, Lakeside Primary School
Gavin Khristopher Mitchell, Lowery Elementary School
Jadyn Ann Weatherly, Oak Grove Primary School
Christian Leann Burnett, Pecan Grove Primary School
Demi Marie Dubois, Prairieville Primary School
Ryleigh Renee Moran, Sorrento Primary School
Addison Rae Heinz, Spanish Lake Primary School
Kate Madison Rizzo, St. Amant Primary School
EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR
Alicia Jane Stanga, Central Middle School
Alexis Michel Logarbo, Dutchtown Middle School
Jacie Nicole Jacob, Gavlez Middle School
Caris B. Green, Gonzales Middle School
Kylie Anna Trosclair, Lake Elementary School
Donalynn Alayshia Daniels, Lowery Middle School
Matthew Corzo Lass, Prairieville Middle School
Mya Chrisie Bascom, St. Amant Middle School
TWELFTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR
Brittany Rochelle Collins, Donaldsonville High School
Christina Marie Robertson, Dutchtown High School
Lauren Elizabeth Michelli, East Ascension High School
Travis Daniel Braud, St. Amant High School
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