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Louisiana Students of the Year state finalists named

BATON ROUGE, La. – Today the Louisiana Department of Education released the names of 21 students selected as finalists in the state’s annual Students of the Year competition. The 21 students selected include one elementary, middle and high school student from each of the state’s seven regions. The finalists represent traditional public, public charter and nonpublic schools. The finalists will participate in a virtual ceremony on April 21, when the winners will be announced for each grade level.

“I’m proud of each of these finalists and would be honored to have any of them represent us as a Louisiana Student of the Year,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “Their achievements and hard work are proof that Louisiana’s children are as capable as any in the nation.”

Public and nonpublic schools were asked to submit one candidate from their student body.

Students compete with their peers at the school system level and may advance to the regional competitions. Students are selected based on criteria that measure academic achievement, leadership skills, character and service to their schools and communities. Regional selection committees also use electronic portfolios of accomplishments, along with student writing samples and interviews to assess the communications and critical thinking skills of each candidate.

Prior to selecting the three state winners, the state selection committee will conduct interviews and review a writing sample from each of the finalists.

The finalists’ names, schools and parishes are as follows:

Elementary School (Grade 5):
Luka Mikabeeidze, South Highlands Elementary Magnet School, Caddo Parish
Carter Beaux Bratton, Claiborne Elementary, Ouachita Parish
Addison Liles, Pine Wood Elementary, Beauregard Parish
Dev Iyer, Buchanan Elementary, East Baton Rouge Parish
Reese Geraci, Prairieville Primary, Ascension Parish
Anthony Amadeo, III, Our Lady of Prompt Succor School, Archdiocese of New Orleans
Quincy Shariff, Lusher Charter School, Advocates for Arts-Based Education Corporation, NOLA Public Schools

Middle School (Grade 8):
Kylie Small, Haughton Middle School, Bossier Parish
David Anderson, Neville Junior High School, Monroe City Schools
Emma Vinson, S.P. Arnett Middle School, Calcasieu Parish
Zoe Dieringer, Madisonville Junior High School, St. Tammany Parish
Saniya Abbas, Albert Cammon Middle School, St. Charles Parish
Carter Doyal, Saint Joseph Catholic School, Diocese of Shreveport
Marbella Maristany, Lusher Charter School, Advocates for Arts-Based Education Corporation, NOLA Public Schools

High School (Grade 12):
Hana Le, Ruston High School, Lincoln Parish
Emma Agan, Sterlington High School, Ouachita Parish
Kaleb LeMoine, Elton High School, Jefferson Davis Parish
Raedon Stephens, Mandeville High School, St. Tammany Parish
Rachel Guan, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Jefferson Parish
Kathleen Rush, Archbishop Hannan High School, Archdiocese of New Orleans
Ava Wilkes, Benjamin Franklin High School, Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education, NOLA Public Schools