Dutchtown High School’s graduation ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Friday on Griffin Field.
Hira Azeem Hasan, with a 4.7813 grade-point average, will serve as valedictorian.
Hasan is the daughter of Azeem and Farhana Hasan of Karachi, Pakistan. She has been a member of the Dutchtown High track and cross country teams and has participated in the cross country state meet in Natchitoches.
She is a member of the Dutchtown Beta Club, Student Council, National Art Honors Society and Talented Visual Arts Program. She has served as treasurer and president of the Interact Club, as well as junior class president.
She is president of the National Honors Society and serves as a representative in the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council.
As a three-year member of the Dutchtown Allied Health Program, Hasan has participated in events such as Relay for Life and the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk. In addition, she has volunteered at the local library, St. Elizabeth Hospital and River Region Art Gallery as a Volunteer Ascension “ConnecTeen” for the past three summers.
In June of 2013, she traveled to Florham Park, New Jersey, to take part in BASF Science Academy, where she created and marketed her own lip balm product. Earlier this year, she was named Ascension Parish Student of the Year, as well as an Eatel Top Scholar, Cox 4 News Student of the Week and a WAFB “Best of Class” scholar. She plans to major in biological engineering at LSU.
Salutatorian Nathan Lilly is the son of Bruce and Jennifer Lilly of Prairieville. He has maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 4.737.
He has been a member of the Dutchtown High School National Honor Society, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is the vice president of the Beta Club.
Lilly has been a member of Dutchtown’s Quiz Bowl team for three years, and has served as its captain for two. He is a College Board AP Scholar with Honor and a National Merit Finalist. He was selected as one of two delegates to represent Louisiana at the United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.
He was a finalist for Dutchtown High’s Student of the Year competition. Lilly was presented the Good Citizen Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution’s John James Audubon Chapter. He placed first in civics, world history and American history at District Literary Rally, and placed first overall in American History and second in civics at the state competition.
He was one of three Dutchtown High students selected as a Louisiana Boys State delegate. In the fall, Nathan will attend LSU’s Honors College, where he plans to major in economics.