J.B. Martin Middle School names 2016-17 Student of the Year

Abby Matherne, the daughter of Mark and Rebecca Matherne of Luling, was chosen to represent J.B. Martin Middle School as Student of the Year for the 2016-17 school session.Matherne, who is an eighth-grade student, serves as a member of the J.B. Martin Choir, J.B. Martin Cheerleading Team, Jr. BETA, Talented Theatre, and the Drama Club.

Throughout her years at the school, she has achieved becoming a cheer leading representative, member of parish, district and state honor choirs; selected to the Carnegie Hall Honors Program for middle school choir students in New York City, and has been a Student of the Month, a Principal’s List recipient, and perfect attendance candidate. She has also been assigned main roles in a variety of drama performances and has been selected to participate in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade with the All American Varsity Spirit Squad.

Outside of school, she has worked with organizations such as Women Against Domestic Violence Organization, Kicking Cancer with Kellie, Vacation Bible School and currently serves as an alter girl for her local church. By working with these groups and organizations, she has developed an appreciation for blessings in her life and works to continue understanding the struggles and successes of our society as a whole, hoping to continue to help those less fortunate as she grows and matures.

One of Matherne’s passions is to raise awareness about driving while under the influence.

“Someone in my family was hit by an intoxicated driver of an 18 wheeler,” she said. “My family member had multiple broken bones and had to undergo numerous surgeries that kept her away for over a month. This was a huge disruption to our lives and added a lot of stress to our family. To this day about 28 people per day or 10,000 a year are negatively affected by the results of an intoxicated driver, and those statistics must be lowered.”

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