During August through May, except for holiday periods, hundreds of youth from across Jackson Parish get up in the early hours of the morning during the week and make their way to school. Some ride a bus. Others are taken by family members or friends. Then some are older that drive themselves. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors and creeds, ranging from wee little, pre-K kids to tweens and teens, yet they are all the same in the sense that they are students who are doing what they have to do to get their education.
That is, except for a select few.
These are the ones who don’t just go to school because it is required, always looking at the clock wishing the class would get over and the last bell would ring. They aren’t the ones who have a bad attitude, are always late to class, and never have their lessons done on time.
These are the ones who apply themselves and pay attention to what is being taught because they want to learn. These are the ones who do the little extra things and offer to assist their classmates, their teachers, and the school’s administration. These aren’t the ones that examples aren’t made of, but the ones who set the example of what a student should be like.
These are the ones who have risen above the norm to stand alone among their peers.
These are the ones who have been selected as Student of the Year!
This past week the Student of the Year was selected at Jonesboro-Hodge High School and for the Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High divisions at Quitman High School.
Logan Wiggins – Jonesboro-Hodge High School: An exemplary student, Wiggins is a two-sport athlete, who earned 1-2A All-District honors last spring and is the returning MVP of the Tiger baseball team. The senior also was a member of the JHHS football team this past fall. Upon graduation, Wiggins will serve in the United States Armed Services, having enlisted this past September.
Blake Carter – Quitman High School: The son of Matt and Angela Carter is a standout two-sport star for the QHS baseball and basketball teams and has been a member of BETA since he was in the 6th grade. He is an outstanding student that has maintained a 4.0 GPA during high school and his peers look up to him as a leader and a role model. Blake is a New Prospect Baptist Church member and plans to attend La Tech University and major in Sports Marketing.
Libby Morgan – Quitman Junior High: The 8th-grade daughter of John and Tracey Morgan maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a phenomenal student. She is a co-captain of the junior high cheer squad having already been named All-American three times and won the “Pin It Forward” award twice at the competition. Libby also competes for the QHS tennis team and is a member of the Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She is an active member of Sweetwater Baptist Church where she is currently involved with her favorite outreach program, Operation Christmas Child. In her free time, she enjoys painting & visiting with friends.
Ella Simonelli – Quitman Elementary: The daughter of Michael and April Simonelli is in the 5th grade, holds a 4.0 grade point average, and is very active in sports. She is a member of LA Gunsmoke, which is an elite 10U independent softball travel squad, and has represented Jackson Parish for the past 4 years on summer All-Star teams, including being an integral part of the 2021 Little League 8U State Runner-Up squad. Ella also plays in the Jackson Parish Recreation Department Youth Basketball League and is a huge fan of the Lady Wolverines junior high and varsity basketball teams. She is a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church and is in the Children’s Choir.