VFW Student of Month Program Underway

The first students honored as Student of the Month in Red River public schools were honored before the Red River Parish School Board on Monday.  Each received a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen.

Superintendent Alison Strong read the student’s nomination statements from their schools.  First up was Ava Jones from Red River Elementary.  Strong said, “Ava began school with a strong drive to achieve. She sets an example for her classmates by working hard, staying focused, and asking questions when she needs further understanding.  Ava is also always willing to help her classmates. She shows kindness and respect to everyone around her. Ava is an all-around wonderful, sweet person and is deserving of the title “Student of the Month” for Red River Elementary.”  She was nominated by Mrs. Cook.

From Red River Academic Academy, the Student of the Month is Carson Ezernack.  Strong said, “Carson is the 6th grade Student of the Month for RRAA. He was chosen for several reasons.  He showed tremendous growth on the LEAP assessment last year. He grew 40 points from his previous year’s score in ELA. He has shown himself to be a leader in the classroom and is always willing to help out around the school.  Even though he says reading is not his favorite subject, he never fails to participate in class discussions. Carson has a great, kind and loving heart. His classmates look up to him and he looks out for the underdog. He is maturing into a fine young man.” The nomination was from Lisa Johnson.

Cayden Johnson is the Student of the Month from Red River Junior High.  Strong said, “Cayden is an 8th grader at Red River Junior High School this year and has been chosen as Student of the Month for August. She is described by her teachers as a great student who is very responsible. Last spring, Cayden received 2 Advanced scores and 2 Mastery scores on the LEAP2025 exams. She also had all A’s and 2 B’s on her final report card for the 2022-2022 school year. She tries, even when things become difficult, and makes sure that she gives her absolute best. We are very proud of Cayden’s accomplishments and look forward to the great things she will achieve this year at Red River Junior High School. He was nominated by Dr. Nicolet Doughty.

Red River High Student of the Month is Addison Bounds.  Strong said, “Caring, focused, determined, smart, and amazingly talented are just some of the words I would use to describe our first student of the month for this year. Addison is a very talented musician who sings and plays at school and at her church. She also worked all summer at a church camp as a counselor for young people.  She is a leader in 4-H, holding offices in the local, regional, and state chapters. She is a member of the state 4-H shooting team, a varsity softball player, and an officer on the Student Council.  There isn’t much she doesn’t or can’t do. One of the best things about Addison is that she is also her sister’s biggest fan and cheers her on at softball, volleyball and everything else she’s involved in, as well.  Addison is also the only student at Red River High School this past year to finish the year with all A’s and also make Advanced on all her state tests this last year. I am so proud of the things Addison is accomplishing while in high school and so excited to see what her future holds. Her Principal, J.C. Dickey wrote the nomination statement.

VFW Post and Auxiliary 7287 honor students from each school in the parish every month during the school year.  Lee Rodgers represented the VFW in making the presentations at the September meeting of the School Board.  For more information on the award program, call the VFW at 932-6557.

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