St. Mary’s Student selected as Diocesan Student of the Year

Anna Kate Jackson, a senior at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Natchitoches, has been selected Student of the Year by the Catholic Diocese of Alexandria in the 12th grade division. Finalists in the diocesan competition recently competed in the District Competition. She will continue to the Regional Competition to be held in February in Baton Rouge.

Anna Kathleen Jackson is the daughter of Tandy E. “Andy” Jackson, IV and Barbara Reppen Jackson. At St. Mary’s, she is the Varsity Cheer Captain and has received UCA All-American Cheerleader honors for two years. She serves as President of the St. Mary’s Beta Club and also serves concurrently as National Beta Club President and Louisiana State Beta Club President. Anna Kate is the Vice-President of Student Council and a member of Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Pro Life Club, LEO Club of Natchitoches and Calico Belles.

Anna Kate maintains a 4.0 grade point average, while taking honors and dual enrollment courses. She also participates with the St. Mary’s Cross Country, Track and Field, and Powerlifting teams. She is a member of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church. Anna Kate plans to attend Louisiana State University and major in Pre-Law.

Winners of the St. Mary’s Student of the Year competition included Jackson, Jenna Sklar (8th grade) and Amelia Picou (5th grade). The non-public school competition included Student of the Year winners in the 5th, 8th and 12th grades from several Catholic, Christian and private schools in Central Louisiana.

Pictured from left are Fr. Craig Scott, Anna Kate Jackson and Tommy Roque, Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Alexandria.