Each year a “Student of the Year” is selected from each public school in the parish. The 2019 selections were presented to the Red River Parish School Board at the meeting on Monday night.
There is a nomination process, explained Superintendent Alison Hughes. She said that the top three candidates from each school are nominated. The students prepare a portfolio of their accomplishments, including samples of their writing. They are interviewed and their portfolios are judged by members of the community. Hughes explained that the local winners would go on to compete in regional competition.
The fifth grade Student of the Year from Red River Elementary School is Kinya Gray. Hughes said, “Kinya’s parents are Melvin and Roxie Reliford. Kinya is the Present of RRES Beta Club. She is an Ambassador of Cheer, on the RRES Student Council, and a member of the Dance Line. She is also a member of RRES Behavior Hall of Fame. Kinya is a Talented and Gifted (TAG) student and an honor student. She is one of the students who leads RRES monthly assemblies. Her favorite subject is math. Kinya wants to become a Pediatrician when she grows up.”
Other nominees from the Elementary School were Tylan Beavers and Emily Morgan.
Red River Junior High’s Student of the Year is eighth grader Carlena Jean Henry. Hughes said, “Carlena is a member of Beta Club. She placed first on the district level in BETA Speech competition for sixth and seventh grade. She placed first on district level in Songfest competition for seventh grade. Carlena placed third in a swimming challenge and third in a Relay for Life Talent Show. She is a member of the Student Council and has been a Student of the month. She is a member of the Career Awareness Club, Explorers Club and Honors Band. She is the first junior high student to be selected to Honors Band. She received the Excellence in Music Award. Her favorite subject is math. Carlena wants to become a lawyer when she grow up, and she is inspired to attend Harvard University.”
The other two nominees from Red River Junior High were Jaedynn French-Solton and Sydni Tingle.
The student selected from Red River High is senior Sagar Patel. Hughes noted that Patel was also selected as Student of the Year when in the fifth and eighth grades. Hughes said, “He enrolled in dual-enrollment courses at NSU and NLTC in Mansfield. He was accepted to Bossier Parish Community College MASH (Medical Applications for Science and Health) Program. He received a scholarship to enroll in Pathophysiology course. He received admission to Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, but decided not to attend to finish high school in Red River Parish. Sagar has an ACT composite score of 29. He participates in 4-H Junior Leadership Club, National BETA Club, National Society of High School Scholars, Student Council Class President, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Duke
Talent Identification Program, Band, JROTC, Trailblazer, Golf, Yearbook, Literary Rally, Mentoring, Upward Bound/Trio Talent Search, Step Forward-Teen Advisory Council, and Boys State Alumni. His favorite subject is Science and Biology. After high school Sagar plans to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas or Tulane University in New Orleans on the pre-med track. He plans to earn double major degrees in Neuroscience, Microbiology, and a minor in French. He plans to attend medical school and achieve a general surgery or dermatology residency in order to pursue a plastic surgery fellowship.
The other two nominees from Red River High were Ashley Evans and Charli Williams.