After interviewing 20 selected students in grades 5, 8 and 12 from each school in the Natchitoches Parish School District, the Student of the Year judges panel announced this year’s winners: Dylan Daniels, a senior at Natchitoches Central High School; Aziza Coutee, an eighth grader at Natchitoches Magnet; and Madelynn Misuraca, a fifth grader at NSU Elementary Lab School.
Panel judges included Annie Oliphant, Katrice Baker, Dion Boyett, Dennis Breeland, Carmella McCart, Linda Page, Janice Gray, Chris Smith and Rodney Boswell. The competition is organized by Anita Dubois.
Other students who represented their schools in the competition included: Ethan Smith, an eighth grader at Goldonna; Jacob Hawkins, a fifth grader at Goldonna; Ariel Joseph, a fifth grader at Fairview Alpha; Alexis Adams, an eighth grader at Lakeview Jr. High; Bayli Quick, a twelfth grader at Lakeview High; Izzabella Friday, a fifth grader at Marthaville; Hayden Hassan, an eighth grader at Marthaville; Alyssa Robertson, a fifth grader at Provencal; Lauren Tibbett, an eighth grader at Provencal; Desiria Mitchell, a fifth grader at Cloutierville; Roberto Soto III, an eighth grader at Cloutierville; Katherine Hughes, an eighth grader at Natchitoches Jr. High; McKenzie Lacour, a fifth grader at L.P. Vaughn; Christionna Norwood, a fifth grader at East Natchitoches; Meredith Ellett, a fifth grader at Natchitoches Magnet; Maggie Wheat, an eighth grader at NSU Middle Lab; and Daniel Woodel, an eighth grader at Frankie Ray Jackson.
Madelynn Misuraca, called “MGM” by her friends, is an advanced tumbler at Elite Cheernastics. She is also on the Show Stopper’s competition team for dancing. She is also passionate about piano. When she grows up she wants to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and a pharmacist like her father Chad, who works at Cade’s Pharmacy. Madelynn says her school has helped make her a self-disciplined, motivated student and an overall better person.
Aziza Coutee, the daughter of Amelia Coutee and Ahmed Rashed, is a member of Freedom Life Church. Her favorite subject in school is math. She’s involved in Student Council as its President, FCA, Math Counts, National Juniors Honor Society, NHS Cheer, Yearbook Committee, Builder’s Club, Gifted Education and PLTW. When she grows up she wants to become an oncologist. Aziza said she feels lucky to have the opportunity to go to such a magnificent school as Magnet.
Dylan Daniels is the son of Chris and Melinda Daniels. His mother is a fifth grade teacher at Marthaville Jr. High School. His father works at International Paper in Campti. Dylan is a member of FCA and FFA.