APSB honors Students of the Year
CROWLEY – Twenty-nine students were chosen by their schools as the Student of the Year. After interviews were given, portfolios studied and the writing competition was judged, three remained, a parish Student of the Year for the fifth, eighth and 12th grades.
But all were honored Monday night at the Acadia Parish School Board’s March meeting.
The board honored all those in attendance with a red carpet entrance, announcing them at the board meeting and a reception following the meeting. The parish winners were also given a limousine ride among other things.
“This is the best part of my job, seeing great kids doing great things,” said Paul De Rousselle, Acadia Parish School Board supervisor of child welfare and attendance and transportation.
De Rousselle also boasted about how the 29 students post a composite GPA of 4.0.
The Acadia Parish Students of the Year are fifth grade, Ethan Richard of Mermentau Elementary, son of Shannon Gayle Perrio and Patrick Joseph Richard; eighth grade, Angelic Renee Bellard of Church Point Middle, daughter of David and Angela Bellard; and 12th grade, Raven Woods of Rayne High, daughter of Leola Woods and John Phillip Woods Jr.
Prior to the students being honored, Maxine Trahan, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, announced “Choices: Every Choice Comes With A Price” program and invited the board members to come and see the program which will occur March 21 and March 22.
The program is designed to make high school students better aware of the consequences of drinking and driving and distractions while driving.
“The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Department learned of a program that is used throughout the United States to bring awareness to young adults the dangers of impaired and distracted driving,” she said. “I had the pleasure of learning of this program and immediately thought that this was something that needed to be brought to Acadia Parish.”
The program will bring together multiple city and parish agencies and will emulate a car accident scene involving high school students.
Acadia Parish’s pilot program will occur at Rayne High and juniors and seniors will witness the crash scene as a production crew begins work at 9 a.m. The students taking part in the program will be put into the custody of the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, which is spearheading the program, until the following day, when the entire student body will view the film and guest speakers will speak at the school.
“At our schools, the youth are having to deal with a high number of deaths among their friends each year, particularly at Rayne High and Church Point,” said Trahan.
The program, after this year, will move to other high schools based on an application process.