Kevell Byrd of Luling is Luling Elementary School’s 2014 Regional Student of the Year while she’s also still holding the title as a District Student in St. Charles Parish.
Although transitioning to sixth grade at R.K. Smith Middle School, Byrd has been still giving back to Luling Elementary. She began the school year by giving back embroidered school uniforms and back packs, donating $100 to Luling Elementary’s Beta Club and donating $100 to Luling Elementary 4-H Club after founding her own nonprofit organization called Rise 2 Royalty Inc. registered as a community youth advocate representing community youths.
At the close of this school year, Luling Elementary Principal Vanessa Terry allowed her to hold an essay contest with all the fifth-graders also transitioning to sixth grade at R.K. Smith Middle School.
The 200-word essay question was: “How has Luling Elementary School academically and socially prepared you to transition to R.K. Smith Middle School to 6th Grade?” The first-place winner Gabrielle Bush was awarded a $100 presentation check from Rise 2 Royalty and Kevell Byrd paying all of her 2015-16 middle school entry and band fees. Second-place winner Alajza Woods was awarded a middle school spirit hoodie. Third-place winner Brianna Davis was awarded a middle school spirit T-Shirt.
The two judges were Melissa Baker of Luling Elementary School Literacy Specialist and R.K. Smith Middle School Literacy Specialist Sharon Landry.