"We are so proud and honored to be able to share this moment of celebration and recognition with you. You are each amazing students, and it has been fun meeting you and seeing your energy. I know your family, teachers, and friends are proud of you. I hope you, too, are proud to be here," said Superintendent David Alexander.

The Ascension Parish School Board honored the 2017-18 Students of the Year at its February 6 meeting at Donaldsonville High School. Awards were given to one student from each school plus one district winner for each grade level: fifth, eight, and twelfth grades.

Superintendent David Alexander gave the following remarks during the meeting: "We are so proud and honored to be able to share this moment of celebration and recognition with you. You are each amazing students, and it has been fun meeting you and seeing your energy. I know your family, teachers, and friends are proud of you. I hope you, too, are proud to be here," said Alexander.

"Continue with those commitments and priorities that allowed you to experience this honor. Your perseverance, personal discipline, and courage to overcome moments of failure and disappointment are the real award and merits of this evening. Congratulations to you, our students of the year!"

Caleb Ethan Brown is the Fifth Grade Student of the Year. The Dutchtown Primary student is active in both school and the community. He is part of Ascension Parish's Talented and Gifted Program, Robotics Club, and Junior Beta Club. He plays basketball, baseball, and soccer. Brown is also part of his church's Kidz ministry. He has won numerous awards including Principal's List, Outstanding Accelerated Reader Award, Perfect Attendance Award, and Author of the Month. He is the son of Steve and Rachael Brown.

The Eight Grade Student of the Year is Matthew Lass. He holds numerous membership and leadership roles at Prairieville Middle. Brown is a member of Beta Club, Youth Legislature, Student Council, Mathletes, 4-H, and Alpha Club. He plays in the band, as well as on the soccer and track and field teams. Lass has won awards including Second Place in the Engineering Mechanics Division at LSU's Engineering and Science Fair. He also received a Certificate of Merit from Duke's Talent Identification Program, and First Place in Weapons with a Black Belt from the Professional Karate School of America. He is the son of Jan and Jackie Lass.

Christina Robertson is the 2017-18 Twelfth Grade Student of the Year. The Dutchtown High senior has a 4.6 GPA and scored a 33 on the ACT. She is active in clubs, organizations, and the community. She mentors freshmen at her school and is a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, and the Poetry Slam Team. She represented Dutchtown in Girls State and placed first in the Regional Literary Rally. Among her other awards are a Certificate of Excellence for being the Outstanding Parish Citizen at Louisiana Girls State, First Place in the Website Division at National History Day in Washington, D.C., and being named an AP Scholar by the College Board. She is the daughter of Ronald and Gearuell Robertson.

The following are Ascension's Students of the Year grouped by grade level:

FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Claire Michelle Delaney, Central Primary School

Olivia Gabriela Puccio, Duplessis Primary School

Caleb Ethan Barrow, Dutchtown Primary School

Michael Anthony Wilson, Jr., G.W. Carver Primary School

Carlyle Elise Runfalo, Galvez Primary School

Brooklyn Elise Battle, Gonzales Primary School

Jillian Grace Martin, Lake Elementary School

Ava Leigh Vicknair, Lakeside Primary School

Gavin Khristopher Mitchell, Lowery Elementary School

Jadyn Ann Weatherly, Oak Grove Primary School

Christian Leann Burnett, Pecan Grove Primary School

Demi Marie Dubois, Prairieville Primary School

Ryleigh Renee Moran, Sorrento Primary School

Addison Rae Heinz, Spanish Lake Primary School

Kate Madison Rizzo, St. Amant Primary School

EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Alicia Jane Stanga, Central Middle School

Alexis Michel Logarbo, Dutchtown Middle School

Jacie Nicole Jacob, Gavlez Middle School

Caris B. Green, Gonzales Middle School

Kylie Anna Trosclair, Lake Elementary School

Donalynn Alayshia Daniels, Lowery Middle School

Matthew Corzo Lass, Prairieville Middle School

Mya Chrisie Bascom, St. Amant Middle School

TWELFTH GRADE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR

Brittany Rochelle Collins, Donaldsonville High School

Christina Marie Robertson, Dutchtown High School

Lauren Elizabeth Michelli, East Ascension High School

Travis Daniel Braud, St. Amant High School

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