St. Theresa Middle Student of the Year winners announced

Staff Report

Giana Acosta was selected as the fifth grade Student of the Year, and Audrey Lanoux was selected as the eighth grade Student of the Year at St. Theresa Middle School.

Giana Acosta; Chris Musso, St. Theresa Middle Principal; and Audrey Lanoux.

Acosta has maintained a 4.0 GPA, is part of the St. Theresa Middle cheer squad, a member of Junior Catholic Daughters of America No. 1955, and has participated in 4H. She is involved in many service and volunteer projects in the school and community such as recycling, baking cookies for the local fire department, and donating to the less fortunate.

Through Wiggles & Wags, she has had an opportunity to contribute her own money and blankets for the animals. She has been honored on her school's principal's list, as well as received the highest Scholastic Awards each semester at St. Theresa Middle. Acosta was selected for an interview to compete at the Diocesan level. On Jan. 13, Giana was named the 5th Grade Student of the Year for the Diocese of Baton Rouge and will move on to compete at the regional level. She is the daughter of Travis and Wendy Acosta and sister to Annabelle Acosta.

Lanoux has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is a Student Minister, part of the St. Theresa Middle cheer squad, a member of Jr. Beta Club and God’s Warriors. She has participated in 4H, Math Club, track, volleyball, soccer, basketball, and as a volunteer for the Special Olympics causes. She recently won the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest for St. Theresa Church parish. The topic was “Finding Strength and Hope by Trusting in God.” Her inspiration was her little sister, Alex. The essay covered Alex’s prenatal diagnosis of a serious heart defect and Down syndrome, the sanctity of life, her miracle surgery, and growing up with a little sister that has special needs.

Acosta has been honored on her school's principal's list as well as received the highest Scholastic Awards each year at St. Theresa Middle. She is the daughter of Jay and Erin Lanoux and sister to Abby and Alex Lanoux.

Student of the Year is an award given to a fifth- and eighth-grade student each year. Each school in the Diocese of Baton Rouge recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in the following areas: leadership, citizenship, academics. Students who are selected must create a binder to showcase these three areas. They are also required to write an essay to include in the binder. 

The students then compete at their grade level with students from other schools in the diocese. A panel of judges will review each student’s binder and select some to move on to the next part in the process, which is the interview. The judges then select one fifth-grade student and one eighth-grade student to represent the Diocese of Baton Rouge as Student of the Year in his or her respective grade.  Students chosen will then move on to compete at the regional and state levels.