Varnado Senior Lauryn Smith Named Finalist in Louisiana’s Student of the Year Competition

Published 12:56 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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ANGIE, LA. – Varnado High School senior Lauryn Smith has been recognized as a finalist for the prestigious 2024 Louisiana Students of the Year award. Smith represents Region 6, standing out among her peers across Washington Parish and the state.

The Louisiana Department of Education announced the finalists on Wednesday, spotlighting the top students from various regions. The competition acknowledges outstanding 5th, 8th, and 12th graders who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, character, and community service.

Lauryn Smith’s selection is a significant accomplishment, reflecting her dedication and impact at Varnado High. As one of the 24 finalists, she embodies the qualities of a model student with her strong academic record and active involvement in school and community initiatives.

The finalists will gather for the final round of the competition on April 10 at the River Center Branch Library in Baton Rouge. The event will culminate in an awards ceremony where the state winners for each grade level will be announced.

“Congratulations to each of these young leaders. This honor is a testament to their commitment to academic excellence,” said Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “As we celebrate the achievement of these remarkable students, we also recognize the unwavering support of their parents and educators.”

The selection process for the Student of the Year involves rigorous evaluations, including academic achievements, leadership activities, and community involvement. Regional committees further assess the candidates through portfolios, writing samples, and interviews, focusing on communication and critical thinking skills.

Smith’s journey to the state finals underscores the high caliber of students in Washington Parish and highlights the supportive educational environment fostered by Varnado High School and its faculty.

The community eagerly awaits the final results, supporting Lauryn Smith as she represents Varnado High and Washington Parish on the state stage.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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