LOUISIANA STUDENT OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO ARDEN WELLS
FONTAINEBLEAU HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR
ST. TAMMANY PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL



Each year Louisiana recognizes extraordinary students through the Student of the Year awards program, and today the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released the names of the 18 regional finalists who will compete for the state title. The 18 regional finalists include one 5th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade student from six regions and represent public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools across Louisiana. The finalists and state winners for each of the three grades will be honored on April 18 during a ceremony in Baton Rouge.

Congratulations to these exemplary students, as well as their families, teachers, principals, and districts. Through their academic success, community service, leadership, and character, these students are the best evidence of the promise of our next generation and reinforce the critical work that is taking place in our schools and classrooms each day.

Students are selected based on criteria that measure academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and service to their schools and communities. All public schools, as well as approved non-public schools, were asked to submit one candidate from their student body to compete at the district level. District-level winners advance to the regional competitions. Regional selection committees also use portfolios of accomplishments created by each student, along with student writing samples and interviews, to assess the communication 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 regional finalists.

These students are not only top-notch performers, but they remind us of the extraordinary capabilities of each of our children and inspire us to work even harder to ensure we give all our students the opportunity to reach their full potential through education.

For more information on the state's Student of the Year awards program, please visit LDOE's website.

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