A student from Ascension Parish and two from the New Orleans area were named Louisiana’s Students of the Year at a ceremony Wednesday night at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge.
Cole Grieshop, a senior at Destrehan High School, was chosen from among finalists from five other high schools — public and private — across the state, for the high school honor.
Student of the Year honors also were given to middle and elementary school students: Hiba Hasan, an eighth-grader at Dutchtown Middle School in Geismar, and Samuel Korn, a fifth-grader at Harold Keller Elementary School in Metairie.
In addition to her awards for robotics, chemistry and band, Hiba has served in leadership positions in the Beta Club, 4-H Club and Dutchtown’s Student Council. She plays flute and piccolo in the school band, and also is a member of the Science Club and the Robotics Team, where she programmed an EV3 robot and created a language app and online database. She hopes to one day work in the journalism field as a reporter.
Samuel is a musician and is disciplined in the martial arts, achieving his black belt in 2014. He’s a member of Harold Keller Elementary’s school band and the Mega Five Band, playing the recorder and the saxophone. He performed at the French Quarter Festival last year with the Red Wolf Brass Band. He’s also a member of the National Honor Society, National Junior Beta Club and the Student Council.
Cole has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Destrehan High, scored a 33 on the ACT, earning a perfect score of 36 on the writing portion, and a perfect score on his American History End-of-Course test. He is the starting defensive back for the schools’ soccer team, helping lead the Wildcats to a division championship. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a creator and instructor of the school’s Advanced Placement Preparation Tutoring program and captain of the Gifted Debate Team. Cole plans to attend Tulane University to earn a biomedical engineering degree and become a neurologist.
These three students were among 18 regional finalists in the state’s annual Student of the Year competition. Public school finalists came from five geographic regions of the state. The three finalists from private schools were from across the state.
All 18 came to Baton Rouge on Wednesday to compete. They brought with them portfolios of their student work put together for their initial school-level competitions. On Wednesday, a selection committee interviewed all 18 students and reviewed writing samples.
Each winner received a certificate from the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents noting their accomplishment and a trophy from the Louisiana School Boards Association, as well as a $100 check from Keep Louisiana Beautiful Inc.