Local LSMSA student finalist for state Student of the Year


The Louisiana Department of Education released the names of 21 students selected as finalists in the state’s annual Students of the Year competition, which includes Olutunmike “Tum Tum” Adeleye of Natchitoches. She attends Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.
The 21 students selected include one elementary, middle and high school student from each of the state’s seven regions. The finalists represent traditional public, public charter, and nonpublic schools. The finalists will participate in an awards ceremony April 13, when the winners will be announced for each grade level.
“I’m proud of each of these students and honored to have them represent us as Louisiana Student of the Year finalists,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. 

This article published in the March 12, 2022, print edition

Public and nonpublic schools were asked to submit one candidate from their student body.
Students compete with their peers at the school system level and may advance to the regional competitions. Students are selected based on academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and service to their schools and communities. Regional selection committees also use electronic portfolios of accomplishments, along with student writing samples and interviews to assess the communication and critical thinking skills of each candidate.
Prior to selecting the three state winners, the state selection committee will conduct interviews and review portfolios and writing samples from each finalist.