Ascension Parish Schools honor 2021-22 students of the year

Staff Report
Carlee Smith, Logan McQuarn, and Caris Green are the 2021-22 Ascension Parish Schools Students of the Year.

The Ascension Parish School Board honored the 2021-22 students of the year prior to its meeting held Dec. 7.

Awards were given to one student from each school plus one district winner for each grade level: fifth grade, eighth grade, and 12th grade.

"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," stated Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander.


Carlee Smith is the 2021-22 Fifth Grade Student of the Year. A student a Lake Elementary, Smith has maintained a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the Beta Club and 4-H Club, and is in the Talented and Gifted Program. She is actively involved outside of school including serving as co-leader in a summer STEM program, playing AYBA basketball and club soccer, and is an active church member. Her various service projects include handing out water and meals to those in need after the flood, assembling and distributing Christmas stockings and baking cookies for local nursing home residents. She hopes to attend Harvard University after high school and is interested in becoming either a businesswoman, a judge, or a politician. She is the daughter of Theresa and Trey Smith.


Logan McQuarn is the 2021-22 Eighth Grade Student of the Year. A student at Gonzales Middle, McQuarn maintains a 4.5 weighted GPA and has received honors for having the highest GPA in multiple subject matters as well as perfect attendance awards for multiple years. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he is a member of the school band as well as several clubs including Art, Beta, Book, 4-H, Robotics, and STEM. He plays soccer and track for GOMS, and outside of school, he volunteers as a soccer coach, as well as plays basketball and football. In his free time, he owns and operates a soap business. McQuarn hopes to attend UCLA to study architecture, move to Japan, and ultimately return home to give back to the community through building community centers and homes for the needy. He is the son of Jaimie and Kevin McQuarn.


Caris Green is the 2021-22 Twelfth Grade Student of the Year. A student at East Ascension High, Green has a 4.57 cumulative GPA, has taken numerous honors, dual enrollment, and Advanced Placement courses, as well as earned the distinction of being an AP Scholar. He has served as a Senior Mentor, a member of the National Honors Society, the Beta Club, Student Council, Allied Health, Choir, Deca, Interact, and plays multiple instruments in the band. Green participated in Literary Rally at both the district and state levels and became the first male member of the Winterguard. Among his leadership experiences were Louisiana Boys State and the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative. He has a deep love for music and the arts, and he plans to study music at Louisiana State University. He is the son of Esther and Phillip Green.

The following are Ascension's 2021-22 Students of the Year grouped by grade level:


  • 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 (District Winner)
  • 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


  • 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 (District Winner)
  • Brookelyn LeBlanc, Lake Elementary School
  • Ray'shawn Dunham, Lowery Middle School
  • Nathan Henderson, Prairieville Middle School
  • Addey Ohmer, St. Amant Middle School


  • Donalynn Alayshia Daniels, Donaldsonville High School
  • Matthew Lass, Dutchtown High School
  • Caris Green, East Ascension High School (District Winner)
  • Mya Chrisie Bascom, St. Amant High School

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