District-wide Students of the Year announced

Three outstanding students from St. Bernard Parish were recently named as this year’s district-wide Students of the Year.

Representing the elementary division was Robyn Hays from Arabi Elementary. Robyn had her eye on winning the coveted award since kindergarten.

“I remember when I was in kindergarten and first heard people at school talking about the award. It all sounded so exciting, so I began to tell my parents, my teachers, and my friends that I hoped to be nominated when I finally got to fifth grade. I set a goal to do my best every year in every class and to always be on my best behavior, and I did just that!”

Robyn is an excellent student, receiving straight A’s during her five years at Arabi. Robyn is also active in a wide variety of after-school clubs and activities including drama club, art enrichment, Academic Games, music lessons, chorus, Arabi Angels, Bell Choir, and 4-H.

Avani Miller of Trist Middle School was named the Middle School Student of the Year. An excellent student and star off and on the basketball court, Avani is described as a leader by both peers and teachers. She is a member of the Pirate Pride News Crew, captain of the girls’ basketball team, and manager of the volleyball team. One judge was so impressed with Avani’s poise and maturity, he compared her to famed poet and advocate Maya Angelou.

At the high school level, 12th grader Kelsey Billiot of Chalmette High School will represent the district at the regional competition. Kelsey is a product of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools having attended Gauthier Elementary and St. Bernard Middle School. An exceptional student, Kelsey scored a 33 on the ACT and is currently enrolled in a number of Advanced Placement courses. An active member of both Academic Games and the Chalmette High School Voices, Kelsey spends much of her free time helping make Chalmette High School a great place to be. She is the Senior Class President and was named the First Maid at this year’s Homecoming. Kelsey hopes to attend Tulane or Loyola University this fall in hopes of pursuing a degree in business.

Recently elected School Board President Clifford Englande said these three outstanding students represent all that is good in our school district.

“Academically, athletically, and artistically gifted, these three women represent all that our school district has to offer. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to get to meet these young women, and I wish them luck in the next phase of the competition,” Englande said.

All three students will be competing at the regional level this February.

Carla Carollo, Robyn Hays, and Doris Voitier.

Denise Pritchard, Avani Miller, and Doris Voitier.

Doris Voitier, Kelsey Billiot, and Wayne Warner.