This program, patterned after The Teacher of the Year Awards Program, is an excellent opportunity to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, and citizenship.
The Students of the Year Awards Program is sponsored by the Louisiana State Superintendent through the State Department of Education and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Each school district has the opportunity to participate in the program by recommending three candidates, one from each division, to the regional and state competitions. Monroe City's local competition was held in late January with judges representing our local educational community.
Students from each division submitted a portfolio containing information about academic achievement, leadership activities, and citizenship and participated in an interview with the judges that covered everything from family and school to challenges facing young people today.
The judges were most impressed by the depth of answers provided to some pretty tough issues like bullying, peer pressure, and how to improve schools. The group felt good about the future of our community after hearing the beliefs these students so elegantly expressed.
All of them have huge plans for their own future that involve further education and making a difference in the world.
The three students that that will represent the district at the regional competition held in Morehouse Parish next month are:
Monroe City Elementary Student of the Year: Summer Elgourani (Clark)
Summer is the daughter of Abby and Omar Elgourani of Monroe and is the middle child of six. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. from Egypt which makes Summer extremely proud to be an American Citizen. She shows her belief in community service by volunteering at the Animal Shelter and working with the Strauss Theatre. After graduation from LSU, Summer plans to be a doctor and save lives.
Monroe City Junior High Student of the Year: Milan Arpino (Lee)
Milan is the daughter of Judy Fellows and Tony Arpino of Monroe. She has been fortunate to visit 38 states following her love of all things history. She loves to perform and sings, dances and acts in local theatre and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Believing that giving back is extremely important, Milan started Books for Babies which has provided over 1000 books to children at the Ouachita Parish Health Unit.
Monroe City High School Student of the Year: Margaret Manning (Neville)
Margaret is the daughter of Ashley and Wendell Manning and is the oldest of 3 children. A few of her accomplishments at Neville High School include:
Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Tradition;
Leader of the varsity speech squad;
"Tiger Beat" radio show writer, producer and host;
National Honor Society, Interact, and the Renaissance Academic Achievement Club.
She gives back to the community as a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul and the Red Cross. Her future endeavors center around her love of English, speech writing, politics, and law. She plans to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
The school winners in each division are listed below:
Elementary Division - Grade 5:
Barkdull Faulk Elementary School Shakeitha Marshall
Berg Jones Elementary School Kawaii Mack
Carver Elementary School Benjamin Carter
Cypress Point Elementary School Cole Jones
J. S. Clark Magnet Elementary School Summer Elgourani
Jefferson Upper Elementary School Michael Jones
Lincoln Elementary School Kamari Johnson
Madison Foster Elementary School Margaret Walker
Minnie Ruffin Elementary School Ladarrius McFee
Minnie Ruffin Elementary School Leairra Hill
Sallie Humble Elementary School Samuel Sherman
Junior High Division - Grade 8:
Carroll Jr. High School Sylvia Long
Lee Jr. High School Milan Arpino
Lee Jr. High School Alexis Hamilton
Lee Jr. High School Brook Little
MLK Middle School Ava Davis
MLK Middle School Jamecia Horn
MLK Middle School Deanjoylic Moore
High School Division - Grade 12:
Carroll High School Christina Bluford
Carroll High School JaCarre Crockett
Carroll High School Talitha Reed
Carroll High School Jaymeon Thomas
Neville High School Sara Jacks
Neville High School Margaret Manning
Neville High School Blake Weems
Wossman High School Raven Traylor