School district names Students of the Year

Layla Perkins of Lakewood Elementary, Hannah Burst of Harry Hurst Middle School and Bodhaansh Ravipati of Destrehan High School were recently announced as the St. Charles Parish Public Schools’ District Student of the Year winners at the Student of the Year Premier Event on Jan. 20 at the Lafon Arts Center.

“Our students of the year will excel in their future roles and positively contribute to the future well-being of our school system, community, state, nation and the world at large,” Superintendent Dr. Ken Oertling said. “They are leaders among their peers, school and community. They embody the characteristics of leaders, and we know the future is bright because of students like them. We are so proud of their accomplishments.”

The three district winners were chosen from the pool of the district’s 12 students of the year – one being chosen from each school. Those winners include Skylar Johnson of Norco Elementary School, Perkins, Joseph Porter of R.J. Vial Elementary School, Gabryelle Gascon of Luling Elementary School, Bella Gurley of Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School, Christian Reed of St. Rose Elementary School, Ravipati, Gracie Crochet of Hahnville High School, Cooper Matherne of J.B. Martin Middle School, Leila DeLeon of R.K. Smith Middle School, Iyana Johnson of Albert Cammon Middle School and Burst.

“Congratulations to all twelve of our students of the year on this remarkable achievement,” Oertling said. “It was a truly special night honoring them.”


Layla Perkins is the daughter of James and Lindsay Perkins. She serves as a class ambassador at Lakewood, and also participates in choir, talented theater and book club.

Outside of school, Perkins enjoys participating in ballet, swimming and gymnastics. Her career goal is to be an author.

Throughout her time at Lakewood, Perkins has won several student of the month distinctions, as well as other awards and honor roll accolades.


Hannah Burst is the daughter of Daniel and Gina Burst. She is a three-year member of the Runnerettes and currently serves as its captain. At Hurst she is a member of the student council and a student in talented theater classes. She has also participated in choir.

In elementary school she was a participant in the Friendship Club and served as a Norco Student Ambassador. Burst has racked up over 50 school recognitions and honors throughout her schooling, and also has a long list of volunteer hours served.

Burst has earned several character awards and other school recognitions while in middle school and said she wants to be a teacher. Outside of school she dances at Kelli’s Kreative Dance and has participated in and won several pageants.


Bodhaansh Ravipati is the son of Hima Ravipati. At DHS he is the captain of robotoics team and a student representative on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council.

During his time at DHS he has also been involved in Mu Alpha Theta, the concert and marching bands, debate team, Nationals Honor Society, Earth Club, Interact Club, Beta Club  and Literary Rally. He has also served as a student mentor.

Ravipati is a 2021 Presidential Scholar Nominee, a 2021 POSSE Scholarship Nominee, 2021 AP Scholar with Distinction scholar and a 2021 National Merit Semifinalist.

He has won nearly 50 academic competitions and awards, as well as held many community and extra-curricular leadership positions.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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