Mizell named Franklinton Student of the Month for May
Published 5:30 am Monday, May 29, 2023
Van Walker Mizell is the 18-year-old son of Fred and Taffenie Mizell. Van graduated high school with a 4.1 grade point average and earned a composite score of 27 on the ACT. He earned 12 dual enrollment hours in Western Civilization, English, and World History CLEP through Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana Tech while at FHS.
Van was a four-year member of the National Beta Club and a three-year member of National Honor Society. Through these clubs, he participated in many community service projects, such as donating goods for hurricane victims, serving as a buddy at Special Olympics, making decorations for nursing home residents, and serving in various capacities at the Washington Parish Free Fair. Aside from being active in clubs, Van was also a member of the FFA Forestry team, a member of the tennis team, and a part of talented art.
Throughout high school, Van received a number of awards and accolades. He earned departmental awards in several subjects, as well as the Taylor Scholar Award, Academic Excellence Awards, and Banner Roll. He placed first place in the FFA Forestry Area Competition multiple times, second place runner up in the Forestry State Competition, and received highest individual awards in multiple areas during the competitions.
As a senior, Van was chosen to serve in a number of leadership roles. He was a representative in the student council and attended Louisiana Boys State where he played the role of state attorney as well as a member of the Federalist Party. He was also involved in numerous elections and led his group in chants while marching.
Following graduation, Van plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he will major in military history as well as minor in communications. Van plans to pursue a career as a historian and dreams to work at a museum one day.