Student of the Year Winners, chosen on Jan. 16, are Nathaniel Young for 5th grade, Keara Nelson for 8th grade, and Zane Harper for 12th grade. Finalists in the competition were:
Brooklyn Richards- 5th grade at East Natchitoches
Alison Key- 5th grade at NSU Elementary
Nicholas Egans- 8th grade at Natchitoches Jar. High
Kimora Hardwell- 8th grade at Natchitoches Magnet
Skylar Campa- 5th grade at Fairview Alpha
Braden Hardaway- 5th grade at Goldonna
Elizabeth Hightower- 8th grade at Goldonna
Abigail Rodriguez- 8th grade at Marthaville
Sarah Marbut- 5th grade at Marthaville
Ava Holland- 5th grade at Provencal
Emily Penrod- 8th grade at Provencal
Emilee Vaughn- 12th grade at NP Technical and Career Center
Ariel Joseph- 8th grade at Lakeview jr. High
Salem Johnson- 12th grade at Lakeview High School
Zane is a senior at Natchitoches Central High School. He lives in the Black Lake community with his parents jared and Patrice Harper. He is involved in FFA, the NCHS Orchestra, Beta Club, LEO Club, National Honor Society, and represented the school at District and State Literary Rally and Louisiana Boys State. Zane plans to pursue a degree in music composition and biochemistry.
Kera is a student at NSU Middle Lab School. She wants to become a psychiatrist when she grows up. It combines her love of science, her desire to help others, and her passion for art.
A student at Natchitoches Magnet School, Nathaniel enjoys making paper crafts, baking desserts, playing soccer and tennis, exploring Natchitoches history and much more. Nathaniel hopes to own his own bakery someday.