Dept. of Education names Louisiana’s 2018 students of the year

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The Louisiana Department of Education announced the 2018 students of the year during an awards ceremony Wednesday. 

21 students were selected as regional finalists in the state’s annual Students of the Year competition.

The 21 students selected include one 5th, 8th and 12th grader from each of the state’s seven regions and represent public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools across Louisiana.

“Louisiana students are as smart and as capable as any in the nation. These incredible students and future leaders embody that sentiment, ” said State Superintendent John White.

“We are proud of the hard work they contribute to not only their schools and communities, but the entire state.”

All finalists gathered at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, April 11 for the announcement of the winners from each grade level.

“The Department of Education applauds these 21 regional finalists for being recognized as some of the top students in Louisiana,” said White.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we are proud of the hard work and leadership these students have contributed to their classrooms, schools, communities and state.”

In addition to announcing overall winners, the Department recognized all  21 regional finalists with certificates.

This year’s winners, by grade, include the following:

Grade 5:

Zoe Dieringer, Joseph B. Lancaster Elementary School, St. Tammany Parish

Grade 8:

Ashini Modi, Caddo Middle Magnet School, Caddo Parish

Grade 12:

Sunjay Letchuman, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Caddo Parish

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