State names 18 finalists for student of the year

The son of the president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is one of 18 finalists for student of the year, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday.

The students are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership skills, character and service to their schools and communities.

The finalists represent one fifth-grade, eighth-grade and 12th-grade student from six regions statewide.

They include both public and private elementary, middle and high schools.

The three winners will be announced April 16 during a ceremony at the Louisiana State Museum. All the finalists will be honored at the gathering.

One of the finalists is Charles Roemer V, a fifth-grade student at Our Lady of Mercy school in Baton Rouge and the son of BESE President Chas Roemer and his wife, Tena.

Among the other finalists in that grade are Kevell Byrd, a student at Luling Elementary School in St. Charles Parish and Mathilde Fox-Smith, a student at Bains Elementary School in St. Francisville.

Eighth-grade finalists include Logan Berthelot, Brusly Middle School, and Rebekah Travis, Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans.

The 12th-grade finalists include Audrey Marsh, St. Joseph’s Academy; Faiz Alam, Lafayette High School; Patrick Flanigan, Mandeville High School; and Kalin Larousse, Thibodaux High School.