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Two STPPS Students Named State Students of the Year
Mandeville High senior Raedan Stephens and Madisonville Junior High eighth grader Zoë Dieringer have been selected as 2021 Louisiana Students of the Year. Zoë is the state’s Middle/Junior High Division Student of the Year and Raedan is the state’s High School Division Student of the Year.

“Zoë and Raedan are great representatives of all the amazing students in the St. Tammany Parish Public School System,” said Superintendent Frank Jabbia. “Both students are successful not only academically but also excel as leaders in their schools and community. I am so proud of them both and know they will accomplish great things as they continue to represent our school system.”

A two-time district-level Student of the Year and two-time state Student of the Year, Zoë has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while pursuing her many passions: dance, theatre, flute, piano, writing, swimming, and volunteering. At her school, she has participated in the student council, Eagle Buddies, band, and talented theatre. She is a competitive dancer and has participated in the Youth American Grand Prix, Universal Ballet Competition, and American Dance Competition International Ballet Competition. She gives back to the community as a volunteer with the Northshore Humane Society. She was the 2017-2018 STPPS Elementary Student of the Year and went on to win the state competition. Her aspirations are to continue to journey the road less traveled, attend Harvard University and major in genetics while participating in the Harvard Ballet Company.

Raedan is a well-rounded student with an impressive 4.6 GPA in rigorous honors, gifted, AP, and dual enrollment courses, and scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He is a leader on his school campus and has been elected class president for the past three years, served on the student council, founded the Economics Club, and represented his school on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Panel. His extracurricular activities include woodworking, piano, horseback riding, archery, violin, and volunteering with the Northshore Humane Society and his church. He was selected as a representative on the Louisiana Youth Advisory Council, named National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with Distinction, attended the Louisiana Literary Rally multiple times, and earned several industry-based certifications. He interns at a cybersecurity firm and co-owns a sustainably sourced wooden watch company. He plans to triple-major in neuroscience, computer science, and biomedical engineering with hopes to one-day own a biotech company that will allow him to aid in researching and developing devices that interface with the brain to treat various diseases.

Dieringer and Stephens were both selected as the Regional Students of the Year last month and St. Tammany Parish Public School System Students of the Year earlier this school year. It was announced they won the state level competition Wednesday, April 21, during a virtual recognition ceremony hosted by the State Department of Education.

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