Ascension Parish Schools announce students of the year

Staff Report
Ascension Parish Schools' 12th grade students of the year are: Donalynn Alayshia Daniels, Donaldsonville High School; Matthew Lass, Dutchtown High School; Caris Green, East Ascension High School; and Mya Chrisie Bascom, St. Amant High School.

Ascension Parish Public Schools announced the 2021-22 Students of the Year for fifth, eighth, and twelfth grades.

The students will be recognized before the Ascension Parish School Board meeting on Dec. 7, and the district winners will be named at that time.

"Our mission, vision, and purpose are anchored in student success. Our students make great efforts each day to grow academically, develop talents through participation in various in-school and out-of-school activities, and make a positive contribution to their school and their community by volunteering in various service activities. It is always exciting when we can gather with our students’ families and community to celebrate their successes and outstanding contributions," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander in a statement.

"Being named Student of the Year is certainly among the most significant accomplishments our students can achieve," said Alexander. "We look forward to honoring these incredible students individually. They are among the best of the best and deserve this moment in the spotlight!"

Ascension Parish Schools' 5th grade students of the year are, from left, first row: Alex Roques, St. Amant Primary School; Sophia Marie Guilbault, Spanish Lake Primary School; Noah Lathan Williams, Sorrento Primary School; Blake Lee Hebert, Prairieville Primary School; and Brielle Taylor Poche'; Pecan Grove Primary School. Second row: Leyla Oubre, Dutchtown Primary School; Lena Cate Fourroux, Sugar Mill Primary School; Kaylyn Descaya Levert, Galvez Primary School; and Carlee Smith, Lake Elementary School. Third row: Taliyah Buggage, Lowery Elementary School; Kate Lyons, Oak Grove Primary School; Santiago Banda, Central Primary School; Jiselle Fierro, Lakeside Primary School; and Cameron Deshay Mumphery, Gonzales Primary School. Fourth row: Cooper Waguespack, Bullion Primary School; Carleigh Allen, Duplessis Primary School; Mary Susan Cedotal, Bluff Ridge Primary School; and Samuel Tyrone Darville, G.W. Carver Primary School.

FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Mary Susan Cedotal, Bluff Ridge Primary School

Cooper Waguespack, Bullion Primary School

Santiago Banda, Central Primary School

Carleigh Allen, Duplessis Primary School

Leyla Oubre, Dutchtown Primary School

Kaylyn Descaya Levert, Galvez Primary School

Cameron Deshay Mumphery, Gonzales Primary School

Samuel Tyrone Darville, G.W. Carver Primary School

Carlee Smith, Lake Elementary School

Jiselle Fierro, Lakeside Primary School

Taliyah Buggage, Lowery Elementary School

Kate Lyons, Oak Grove Primary School

Brielle Taylor Poche', Pecan Grove Primary School

Blake Lee Hebert, Prairieville Primary School

Noah Lathan Williams, Sorrento Primary School

Sophia Marie Guilbault, Spanish Lake Primary School

Alex Roques, St. Amant Primary School

Lena Cate Fourroux, Sugar Mill Primary School

Ascension Parish Schools' 8th grade students of the year are: first row: Addey Ohmer, St. Amant Middle School; Logan McQuarn, Gonzales Middle School; Nathan Henderson, Prairieville Middle School; Ray'shawn Dunham, Lowery Middle School; and Brookelyn LeBlanc, Lake Elementary School. Second row: Rylie Causey, Galvez Middle School; Clarke Richardson, Dutchtown Middle School; Molly Kilgore, Central Middle School; and Raegan Garnier, Bluff Middle School.

EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Raegan Garnier, Bluff Middle School

Molly Kilgore, Central Middle School

Clarke Richardson, Dutchtown Middle School

Rylie Causey, Galvez Middle School

Logan McQuarn, Gonzales Middle School

Brookelyn LeBlanc, Lake Elementary School

Ray'shawn Dunham, Lowery Middle School

Nathan Henderson, Prairieville Middle School

Addey Ohmer, St. Amant Middle School

TWELFTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Donalynn Alayshia Daniels, Donaldsonville High School

Matthew Lass, Dutchtown High School

Caris Green, East Ascension High School

Mya Chrisie Bascom, St. Amant High School

In order to be considered for the Student of the Year process, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. The school-level coordinator submits all students in fifth, eighth, and twelfth grades who meet the initial criteria. Teachers are asked to vote for students on the list based on the child's academics, behavior, and leadership qualities. The school-level coordinator chooses the students with the top votes to enter the school-level competition. A small committee of school staff and stakeholders is assembled to score students based on test scores, grades, an essay, a portfolio, and an interview. The student with the highest committee score is named the school's Student of the Year.

Those students are now eligible to compete at the district level. The students have to submit a biographical sketch, writing sample, portfolio of their accomplishments, and be interviewed by members of the Ascension Parish community who volunteer as judges. District level primary, middle, and high school winners will be named before the school board meeting on Dec. 7, 2021. The district winners will be entered in the regional competition, which will occur in February. Winners from the state's regional competition will be named in March.

Individual photo banners for Students of the Year are available to view and download at https://www.apsb.org/index.cfm/gallery/category/4. To learn more about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org.