Acadia Parish chooses its students of the year
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – Each year the Acadia Parish School Board is tasked with finding a fifth, eighth and 12th grader to represent the parish as its students of the year.
The feat is not easy as each school in the parish sends a deserving student as its student of the year to compete.
Last week, the 2011-12 Acadia Parish Students of the Year were chosen. Each participant wrote an essay at the event as well as going went through the interview process. The students also had to present a portfolio beforehand to be judged.
After much deliberation, the winners at each level have been chosen and will be honored at the board’s March 5 meeting.
“It’s always excited about all the students but especially those that take advantage of what their schools have to offer,” said Acadia Parish Superintendent John E. Bourque. “When I was talking to the judges, they commented that this was one of the best groups in recent years.
“When looking at the portfolios that they have to turn in, they were all put together with such great effort and it’s amazing to see what the students have accomplished.”
The fifth grade Student of the Year for Acadia Parish is Ethan Cole Richard. Ethan is a student at Mermentau Elementary. Ethan was one of 12 of the fifth graders competing for the title.
Chosen as the parish’s eighth grade Student of the Year was Angelic Renee Bellard. Angelic attends school at Church Point Middle. Angelic was one of 10 of the eighth graders that were chosen by their respective schools to compete.
Finally, Raven Angelle Woods was named Acadia Parish’s Student of the Year for 12th grade. Raven is a senior at Rayne High. Raven and four other seniors competed for the 12th grade title.
Next month the three winners will move on to the regional competition, if any of them win their they will move on to state.
All students of the year that competed are invited to the March 5 meeting as they will be feted with a reception in their honor following the meeting.