Richard student chosen as finalist

BATON ROUGE- Officials from the Department of Education have recently announced the regional finalists for the 2009 Student of the Year Awards.

These 18 finalists consist of fifth, eighth and twelfth grade students from six regions across Louisiana, therefore allowing elementary, middle and high schools to be represented. Finalists were selected by regional committees, and will gather at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge on April 15 for the announcement of the state winners and an awards ceremony.

Kyle Montgomery Carriere of Richard Elementary was the chosen honoree in the Acadia Parish district.

“These students represent some of the best and brightest across Louisiana, and we are pleased to recognize their commitment to personal achievement and excellence as they strive to make the most of their educational experience,” said State Superintendent Paul Pastorek. “I look forward to meeting each of these students next month and to offer them my congratulations. In the meantime, I wish them all the best as they prepare for the state Student of the Year competition.”

Each finalist was chosen from district-level Student of the Year, and every public school in the state, as well as approved nonpublic schools, was asked to submit one candidate for the respective for the respective grade level. Currently, there are approximately 58,175 fifth graders; 61,202 eighth graders and 45,732 twelfth graders enrolled in the eligible schools across the state.

Nominated students progress to district level then on to regional competitions. Finalists are chosen based on criteria that measures academic achievement, leadership skills, character and service to their schools and communities. Committees at regional level use student-made portfolios of accomplishments along with student writing samples and interviews to assess the communications and critical thinking skills of each candidate.

Prior to the selection of state winners, the state selection committee will also conduct interviews and collect writing samples from each contestant.

“I hope all of these students recognizes the magnitude of being named a finalist for Student of the Year, and that they understand that this award is a tremendous testament to their extraordinary efforts,” Board of Elementary and Secondary Education President Keith Guice said.

“They have brought honor to their families, schools and communities, and we are very proud of them. They deserve our praise and congratulations.”

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