AP School Board Honors the 2020-21 Students of the Year

Pictured from left: Eighth Grade Student of the Year Miniya Malone of Prairieville Middle, Fifth Grade Student of the Year Reese Geraci of Prairieville Primary, and Twelfth Grade Student of the Year Sadie Foster of St. Amant High

The 2020-21 Students of the Year were honored by the Ascension Parish School Board before its Tuesday night meeting. Awards were given to one student from each school plus one district winner for each grade level: fifth grade, eighth grade, and twelfth grade. The event was streamed live by EATEL and can be viewed at https://youtu.be/p5OQeLwlWEo.

“We are very proud of you and are honored to be part of your success as Student of the Year celebrations always remind me about all of the great teachers that help our students achieve their potential,” said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. “This moment represents an investment of time and a body of work that includes discipline, commitment, and talent. I encourage you to continue to cultivate that talent because what you do over time is what will bear fruit like these moments in your life. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the journey that gets you to these moments.”

FIFTH GRADE STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Reese Geraci is the 2020-21 Fifth Grade Student of the Year. A student at Prairieville Primary, Geraci has maintained a 4.0 GPA, is part of the Jr. Beta Club, a member of 4-H, and participates in a local soccer club and swim team. She is very involved in many services and volunteer projects in the school and local community such as clothes, toys, and food drives for local charities. She has been honored on her school’s principal’s list as well as an AR Top Reader at her school. She participates in talented theatre, is a performer at two local theaters, and has recently taken up Aerial silks and parkour. She is the daughter of Matthew and Lauren Geraci.

EIGHTH GRADE STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Miniya Malone is the 2020-21 Eighth Grade Student of the Year. A student at Prairieville Middle, Malone has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout all grade levels and is enrolled in the gifted program. She is President of the school’s Beta Club, plays in the school’s symphonic band, and is actively involved in the drama club. She is an active participant in the Louisiana Youth Legislature hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of America and has taken an interest in government. Recently, she participated in the Youth Legislature’s bill to bolster school safety, which took first place in committee. She was born and raised on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and raised in Alberta, Canada before moving to Prairieville at age 7. She is the daughter of Redel Malone and Stacey Wiggins-Malone.

TWELFTH GRADE STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Sadie Foster is the 2020-21 Twelfth Grade Student of the Year. A student at St. Amant High, Foster has a cumulative 4.2 GPA and is active in a number of clubs, organizations, and community activities. She has placed in the district literary rally and has placed in both the school level and state level Young Author’s Contests. She starred in her school’s spring musical of Annie, and she serves as a school news anchor. Foster is the current Chapter President and State FFA Vice President of Area IV. She has chaired numerous events such as Boo at the Barn, AgVenture, Christmas Give Event, and Marketing for Our Future. She placed first in the Louisiana FFA Public Speaking Contest, second in the Area IV Nursery and Landscape contest, and first in the State Agriculture Education Proficiency Award. Community hunger is an issue she takes very seriously. In 2018, she spearheaded a project to provide food for students facing food insecurity in her local area. Through her efforts, many students in her school community are provided meals that sustain them over the weekends. She also ran a coastal restoration workshop with other professionals in the field on her school campus. She is the daughter of Jerry and Kay Thompson.

The following are all of Ascension’s 2020-21 Students of the Year grouped by grade level:

FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

  • Kaylee Rae Harper, Bluff Ridge Primary School
  • Natasha Goldthorp, Bullion Primary School
  • Kendrick Lawrence, Jr., Central Primary School
  • Dylan Melancon, Duplessis Primary School
  • Mary Easterling, Dutchtown Primary School
  • Lailah Bennett, G.W. Carver Primary School
  • Laila Gail Rachal, Galvez Primary School
  • Londyn Turner, Gonzales Primary School
  • Jayden Cornell Bourgeois, Lake Elementary School
  • Madison Dotson, Lakeside Primary School
  • Rione Harvey, Lowery Elementary School
  • Luke Lyons, Oak Grove Primary School
  • Ayleen Irene Salazar, Pecan Grove Primary School
  • Reese Letellier Geraci, Prairieville Primary School (District Winner)
  • Brady Philip Hobbs, Sorrento Primary School
  • Jacob Clifford Brandt, Spanish Lake Primary School
  • Payton Cheatwood, St. Amant Primary School
EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR
  • Rachal Dixon, Bluff Middle School
  • Olivia Puccio, Central Middle School
  • Jacob Weber, Dutchtown Middle School
  • Dominic DeBenedetto, Galvez Middle School
  • Brooklyn Battle, Gonzales Middle School
  • Madelyn Kay Long, Lake Elementary School
  • Gavin Mitchell, Lowery Middle School
  • Miniya Sherry Malone, Prairieville Middle School (District Winner)
  • Hayden Hammond, St. Amant Middle School
TWELFTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR
  • Joel Walker, Donaldsonville High School
  • Rachel Wong, Dutchtown High School
  • Kittyanna Walker, East Ascension High School
  • Sadie Grace Foster, St. Amant High School (District Winner)
Click here or contact Jackie.Tisdell@apsb.org for individual student photos. For more information about the Student of the Year process, visit www.apsb.org/page/publications.

To learn more about Ascension Public Schools, visit www.apsb.org.

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