Ascension Public Schools Announces 2019-20 Students of the Year

Ascension Public Schools announces the 2019-20 Students of the Year for fifth, eighth, and twelfth grades. These outstanding students will be recognized at the Dec. 3, 2019, Ascension Parish School Board meeting, and the district winner will be name at that time.

“Congratulations to these outstanding students who are being honored with the recognition and title of ‘Student of the Year’ for their schools, and congratulations to their families. This honor is a reflection of not only successful academic performance, but also speaks to so many things beyond the classroom such as leadership and service. Thank you for the examples you setting at our 28 schools. We are proud of your achievements,” said Superintendent David Alexander.

Primary SOY

  • Jaxson Williams, Bullion Primary School
  • Elizabeth Delaney, Central Primary School
  • Lacie Gulino, Duplessis Primary School
  • Callie Mudge, Dutchtown Primary School
  • Sophia Collins, Galvez Primary School
  • Camryn Bennett, G.W. Carver Primary School
  • Nyla Wenzy, Gonzales Primary School
  • Skyla Fields, Lake Elementary School
  • Britain Hernandez, Lakeside Primary School
  • Kae’Lynn August, Lowery Elementary School
  • Elijah Haven, Oak Grove Primary School
  • Gabiel Denley, Pecan Grove Primary School
  • Caroline Johnson, Prairieville Primary School
  • Malaysia Alexander, Sorrento Primary School
  • Shrey Shah, Spanish Lake Primary School
  • Amelia Garvin, St. Amant Primary School
Middle SOY
  • Tanner Stanga, Central Middle School
  • Grant Guillory, Dutchtown Middle School
  • Sarah Faulkner, Galvez Middle School
  • Sarah Wraight, Gonzales Middle School
  • Kadyn Williams, Lake Elementary School
  • Luvly Clark, Lowery Middle School
  • Landri Domingue, Prairieville Middle School
  • Cooper Cheatwood, St. Amant Middle School
  • Laura Gutierrez, Donaldsonville High School
  • Hiba Hasan, Dutchtown High School
  • Emma Cockrum, East Ascension High School
  • Matthew Norris, St. Amant High School
In order to be considered for the Student of the Year process, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2. The school level coordinator submits all students in fifth, eighth, and twelfth grades who meet the initial criteria. Teachers then vote for students on the list based on the child’s academics, behavior, and leadership qualities. The coordinator then chooses the students with the top votes to enter the actual school level competition. A small committee of school staff is assembled to score students based on test scores, grades, and an interview. The students with the highest committee score is named the school’s Student of the Year.

Those students are now eligible to compete at the district level. The students have to submit a biographical sketch, writing sample, portfolio of their accomplishments and be interviewed by members of the Ascension Parish community who volunteer as judges. District level primary, middle, and high school winners will be named at the school board meeting on Dec. 3, 2019. The district winners will be entered in the regional competition, which will occur in February. Winners from the state’s regional competition will be named in March.

Individual photo banners for Students of the Year are available to view and download at To learn more about Ascension Public Schools, visit