Cole Ray Hoffpauir is L.A.E.S. ‘Student of the Year’
By MIKE RIZZUTO
Sun Times Editor
Cole Ray Hoffpauir, a fifth grade student from Lake Arthur, has recently been chosen as the “2009 Student of the Year” at Lake Arthur Elementary School.
Hoffpauir, the 10-year-old son of Colette and Jered Hoffpauir of Lake Arthur, has attained much during his short tenure at the Jeff Davis Parish School. Some of his many accomplishments, honors, and awards that dot his dossier include:
--3.5-4.0 Grade Point Average for Three Years, 2008;
--Banner Roll for First Six Weeks, 2008;
--Principal’s Award, 2008;
--Running With the Thoroughbreds Award, LEAP Elite, 2008;
--L.A.E.S. Honor Roll All Year Award, 2008;
--French Award, 2008;
--4-H Certificate of Participation, 2008;
--State Runner-up Lil Dribbler’s Team, 2008;
--Honor Roll All Year Award, 2007;
--Top Test Scores ILEAP, 2007, LEAP Elite;
--Hot Shot Champion (Basketball), Jeff Moore Basketball Camp, 2007;
--Mikan Layup Champion (Basketball), Jeff Moore Basketball Camp, 2007;
--Ricky Edwards’ Character Link Award, Jeff Davis Parish, 2006;
--Poem Published, “Pine Tree Poetry Collection-Book Twelve,” 2006;
--Principal’s Award, 2006;
--Top Accelerated Reader Award, 8th in school, 2006;
--Pinto Champions (Baseball), Lake Arthur Recreation Department, 2006;
--Bubble’s Course, Completed Scuba Diving Lessons, 2008;
--Samaritan’s Purse, Donated Shoe Box Gifts for Orphans, 2008;
--Accelerated Reader, Get Wet Day Participant, 2005-2008;
--Pee Wee Football, Participant, 2007-2008;
--Little Dribblers, Participant, 2006-2008;
--Basketball All-Star, 2006-2008;
--AAU Basketball, State Team Selectee, 2008;
--Jeff Moore’s Basketball Camp, Participant, 2005-2007;
--Summer Baseball, 2004-2007;
--Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Volunteer Worker, 2006-2007;
--Lake Arthur Church Bazaar, Volunteer Worker, 2007;
--4-H Club, Member, 2007;
--4-H Cooking Contest, Participant, 2007;
--Religious Education, Participant, 2004-2008;
--Art Classes, Participant, 2006.
As part of his requirement of being chosen “Student of the Year,” Hoffpauir penned this short autobiography:
“That is what I felt when I was chosen ‘Student of the Year’ at Lake Arthur Elementary School. Yet, I have always felt like a very lucky person.
“My name is Cole Ray Hoffpauir. I was born on April 27, 1998. My parents are Colette and Jered Hoffpauir. My mother is a teacher at Jennings High School, and my dad is a Directional Driller for Halliburton. He works in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. I feel very lucky to have my parents. They have always made me think that I could do anything.
“My family is very important to me. My Granna and my Nana both help me with my homework after school. They are a big help to me when I am having any problems. My Papa and I spend a lot of time together. He does the outdoor stuff with me. We go hunting and fishing together. He also races cars, and we go to the races together.
“My Papa told me when you work hard you get good things. I think he is right! My Nanny is always there to cheer me on in everything I do. I am involved in many sporting activities, and my family is always there to encourage me. My mom and my Nanny are usually cheering way too loud. But, I am always glad that they are there to watch me.
“This summer I was fortunate enough to travel overseas. My mom and I went to Dubai. It is in the United Arab Emirates. It was so much fun. I realized how different people are in the world. I think it is important to learn about different people and different places. I got to spend three weeks there with my cousins. They are adopted from China. They are really nice. We have a lot of things in common. I hope that I can travel to other countries with my career.
“My mom always tells me that getting good grades will help me get into a good college. I am lucky so far because getting good grades has come easy to me. It is important to me to keep making good grades. I would like to go to college at Louisiana State University. I know that I will have to keep up the good grades if I want to go to school there. I want to become a chemist. I really like my science and math classes. I like to figure things out. I know no matter what I do, my family will always be proud of me. I guess I am lucky that way!!!
I would like to thank all of my teachers who helped me to achieve success and who chose me as “Student of the Year” at Lake Arthur Elementary School. I would also like to thank my family for all of their help. They are very important to me, and I feel blessed and lucky to have them!!
Cole Ray Hoffpauir
Great work from a hard-working young man who has made his family, school, and community proud of him for being named “2009 Student of the Year” at Lake Arthur Elementary School.