Ascension Public Schools has selected the 2017-18 Students of the Year for fifth, eighth and 12th grade.

District winners will be named at the Ascension Parish School Board meeting on Jan. 16, when all Students of the Year will be recognized.

"We are very proud of the work of these young ladies and young men. To be honored by their respective schools, they must meet rigorous academic criteria as well as display leadership outside of the classroom. We look forward to honoring their achievements in January," Superintendent David Alexander said.

FIFTH GRADE: Claire Michelle Delaney, Central Primary; Oliva Gabriela Puccio, Duplessis Primary; Caleb Ethan Barrow, Dutchtown Primary; Michael Anthony Wilson Jr., G.W. Carver Primary; Carlyle Elise Runfalo, Galvez Primary; Brooklyn Elise Battle, Gonzales Primary; Jillian Grace Martin, Lake Elementary; Ava Leigh Vicknair, Lakeside Primary; Gavin Khristopher Mitchell, Lowery Elementary; Jadyn Ann Weatherly, Oak Grove Primary; Christian Leann Burnett, Pecan Grove Primary; Demi Marie Dubois, Prairieville Primary; Ryleigh Renee Moran, Sorrento Primary; Addison Rae Heinz, Spanish Lake Primary; and Kate Madison Rizzo, St. Amant Primary

EIGHTH GRADE: Alicia Jane Stanga, Central Middle; Alexis Michel Logarbo, Dutchtown Middle; Jacie Nicole Jacob, Galvez Middle; Caris B. Green, Gonzales Middle; Kylie Anna Trosclair, Lake Elementary; Donalynn Alayshia Daniels, Lowery Middle; Matthew Corzo Lass, Prairieville Middle; and Mya Chrisie Bascom, St. Amant Middle

12TH GRADE: Brittany Rochelle Collins, Donaldsonville High; Christina Marie Robertson, Dutchtown High; Lauren Elizabeth Michelli, East Ascension High; and Travis Daniel Braud, St. Amant High

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 to be considered for Student of the Year. The school level coordinator submits all students in grades five, eight and 12 who meet the initial criteria, then teachers vote based on a student’s academics, behavior and leadership qualities. Students receiving the most votes enter the school-level competition, in which a small committee of school staff scores students based on test scores, grades and an interview. The student earning the highest committee score is chosen as Student of the Year.

School-level Students of the Year go on to compete at the district level, in which they must submit a biographical sketch, writing sample and portfolio of their accomplishments and be interviewed by parish community members who volunteer as judges. District winners will enter the regional competition, held in February, with results released in March.