Students of the year shine both in and out of school

Three finalist will represent parish at regional competition

St. Charles Parish Public Schools named their 2007-08 students of the year last week and three of the 12 selected students will go on to compete in regionals.

The Students of the Year Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding elementary, middle and high school students by taking into account those student’s academic achievement, leadership ability and citizenship.

To be selected as a student of the year, a student must earn a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and be in fifth, eighth or twelfth grade. All eligible students had to compile a portfolio, write a biographical sketch and be interviewed by a Student Achievement Committee.

12 students were picked, with three of those students winning their overall divisions. The three winners are:

Senior Student of the Year- Stefania Lee, Hahnville

While a lot of high school seniors head home after that final bell rings, Hahnville’s Stefania Lee is in some ways just beginning her day.

This year’s Senior Student of the Year stays after school during the first semester on Mondays to attend her various honor clubs and spends Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays practicing with her school’s marching band. She also takes part in AFJROTC, something she has done since her freshman year.

Now, Lee holds a top five position of Group Commander in her AFJROTC wing, where she manages six flights while serving as a member of the physical fitness team. Lee also volunteers at elementary school functions, takes part in Toys for Tots, is a member of the student council and volunteers at the River Parish Hospital Pharmacy.

Even with that full-slate of extracurricular activities, Lee still makes time to tackle gifted, honors and advanced placement classes. She currently has a 4.0 GPA.

When the school year is over, Lee still stays busy.

This past summer, she was selected to attend the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science Program at MIT. Her classes consisted of calculus, physics, chemistry, humanities and genomics.

“Working in the laboratory through my genomics elective presented one of the greatest opportunities for me,” Lee said in her application. “It showed me that I can fulfill my dream of coming out on top, overcoming the barriers, and being successful in a competitive career.”

Lee plans to take all that she learned last summer and use it to make a career of biomedical engineering.
“As a biomedical engineer, I will help people while doing something I enjoy; research,” Lee said.

Lee is planning on beginning her college career early this spring with a freshman-level physics class at Nicholls State University.

Magna Cum Laude, 2004-07
Community Service Ribbon, 2006-07
Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 2006-07
Outstanding Student of America, 2007
National Honor Roll, 2007
National Ventures Scholar, 2007
Senior Salute, 2007
The Sons of the American Revolution for Outstanding Leadership, 2007
District Literary Rally, 2007
2nd Place “Honor American Veterans” speech, 2007
All A’s, 2007
Spanish II Award, 2007

8th Grade Student of the Year- Lea Trusty, Albert Cammon

Albert Cammon’s Lea Trusty has been about as close to perfect as you can get throughout her middle school career.
The eighth grader has maintained a 4.0 GPA during that time, while still taking part in various other activities such as cheerleading, 4-H Club, Beta Club, band, choir and the student council.

Trusty served as president of the 4-H Club this year and also participated in district choir.

And when school work and other activities are not occupying her time, she enjoys reading novels, writing fiction and poetry, cooking new dishes and sketching still life. In fact, that love of reading led Trusty to finish with an outstanding reading time over the summer. She hopes to take those skills and apply them to a future career in law or broadcast communications.

September Student of the Month Character Award, 2007
Highest Average in all classes, 2006-07
Outstanding 7th grader (Band), 2006-07
Perfect Attendance, 2007
Hero Essay (Honorable Mention), 2007
Principal’s List, 2005-08
Publication of Poetry, 2005-08
Young Author’s Award (2nd Place), 2005-06

5th Grade Student of the Year-  Kristen Yent, Ethel Schoeffner

Ethel Schoeffner’s Kristen Yent wants to one day be a Broadway actress, and the fifth grader is already well on her way to achieving that dream.

Not only has Yent been a dancer for the past eight years, but she has also taken part in both theatre and chorus for each of the last two. And even though those activities take up a lot of her time, she has also managed a 4.0 GPA throughout her elementary career.

Straight A’s, 2003-07
Honor Chorus Singer, 2006
Most Outstanding Chorus Member, 2007
1st Runner-up, Pre-teen America Competition, 2006
Highest Score on Knowledge Ability Test, Preteen America Competition, 2006
1st Place in Halloween Cup (Soccer), 2007
1st Place Non-fiction Story, 2006

Other Student of the Year winners are:

Elementary; Elise Brown, Lakewood, Ashlyn Frahm, Norco, Sasha Hernandez, Luling, Hailey Robert, St. Rose, Julian Turner, R.J. Vial

Middle School; Taylor Borne, R.K. Smith, Michelle Bourgeois, J.B. Martin, Hailee Weber, Harry Hurst

High School; Baileigh Rebowe, Destrehan


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