Katie Howard, the daughter of Wes and Robin Howard, and a fifth-grade student at Seventh Ward Elementary, was chosen as this year’s Student of the Year.

Katie enjoys piano, swimming, art, dance and horseback riding, school officials said. She is a voracious reader and her favorite subjects are science, math and reading, officials said.

Katie is in the Gifted and Talented Program and is a member of Beta Club, Science Club, and Book Club. She scored Superior Ratings at four piano competitions in 2012, including District Rally and the State Festival. Katie said she plans to become a marine biologist and focus her skills on dolphin training and conservation.