Ouachita Parish Students of the Year Honored
Posted on 01/17/2017

Ouachita Parish Schools announced Tuesday the winners of the 2016-2017 Ouachita Parish Students of the Year Awards program. Three outstanding students were chosen from elementary, middle and high school levels.  All of the students of the year from each of the parish schools were recognized in a ceremony attended by students, parents, teachers, principals and community leaders.

The Student of the Year Awards program is a statewide competition for students in fifth, eighth, and twelfth grades. Students are first chosen at their respective schools through nomination and voting by fellow students. Then, the school representatives undergo an interviewing and testing process in competition for the top parish titles. Once chosen at parish level, the students will again test and interview for regional and then state honors.

The 2016-17 Elementary Student of the Year for Ouachita Parish is Alli Beach of Claiborne Elementary School.  Also named at elementary level were 1st Runner-Up Bailey Harrist from Kiroli Elementary and 2nd Runner-Up Ben Powell from Highland Elementary.

The 2016-17 Middle School Student of the Year for Ouachita Parish is Madison Nelson of Ouachita Junior High School.

The 2016-17 High School Student of the Year for Ouachita Parish is Drew Thomas of West Ouachita High School.

Superintendent Don Coker stated, “We are extremely proud to recognize these top-notch students. All of our Ouachita Parish students do a terrific job of representing us across the state and nation. Judging by today’s honorees, our community has a great future!”

2016-17 Ouachita Parish Students of the Year Honorees



Elementary Level – 5th Grade

Boley Elementary

Samarah Myles

Central Elementary

Adyson Roberson

Claiborne Elementary

Alli Beach – District Winner

Drew Elementary

Caroline Joslin – 2nd Place Portfolio Winner

George Welch Elementary

Davanee Lowery

Highland Elementary

Ben Powell – 2nd Runner Up

Jack Hayes Elementary

Jacob Green – 1st Place Portfolio Winner

Kiroli Elementary

Bailey Harrist – 1st Runner Up

Lakeshore Elementary

Victoria Gray

Lenwil Elementary

Elise Terrebonne

Pinecrest Elementary

Ashlynn Hicks – 4th Place Portfolio Winner

Riser Elementary

Blair Minnard

Riverbend Elementary

Isis Price

Robinson Elementary

Cur’Dericka Rice

Shady Grove Elementary

Ziyun Johnson

Sterlington Elementary

Brooke Perry – 3rd Place Portfolio Winner

Swartz Upper Elementary

Emma Lockeby

Swayze Elementary

Tytiana White

Woodlawn Elementary

Julianna Yee

Middle School Level – 8th Grade

Calhoun Middle

Garrett Massey

Good Hope Middle

Karissa Sherwin

Ouachita Junior High

Madison Nelson – District Winner

Pinecrest Middle

Caleb Parker

Richwood Middle

Calvin Henderson – Portfolio Winner

Riser Middle

Baylee Day

Sterlington Middle

Emma Agan

West Ridge Middle

Peyton Todd

Woodlawn Middle

Madison Hunt

High School Level – 12th Grade

Ouachita Parish High

Miranda Campbell

Richwood High

Jaelon Rutley

Sterlington High

Selma Sheikh-Khalil

West Monroe High

Joanna Calhoun – Portfolio Winner

West Ouachita High

Drew Thomas – District Winner


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