Three St. Tammany Parish Public School System students have been selected as the district’s 2018-2019 Students of the Year. The students chosen to represent STPPS at the regional competition level are 5th grader Olivia Adams of Lee Road Junior High, 8th grader Isabella Rosi of Monteleone Junior High, and 12th grader Austin Thombs of Northshore High.
The students were selected based on their outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and service to their schools and communities. They were chosen Students of the Year at the school level first before being chosen at the district level by a panel of judges. The three district winners advance to the regional competitions in February.
“Olivia, Isabella and Austin are outstanding students who not only excel academically but also are active in their schools and community where they are truly making a difference,” said Superintendent Trey Folse. “These students are excellent representatives of our School System, and we are excited to be part of their continued success.”
Olivia Adams, Lee Road Junior High (5th Grade)
Olivia has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA since beginning school and has received numerous academic honors. She is currently a member of Lee Road Junior High’s 4-H Club, participates in the gifted program and talented theatre program and plays percussion in the school band. She has also participated in Lee Road’s LEGO League Jr. Robotics Club and played the violin. She is viewed as a natural leader in her school and enjoys tutoring and motivating her peers.
After school, Olivia is active in the performing arts and sports. She participates in dance, volleyball, softball, tumbling and plays the piano. She is a multiple award-winning dancer for Kelli’s Kreative Dance. She has competed regionally and nationally in competitive dance, competitive jazz dance, competitive lyrical dance, and ballet.
As a passionate supporter of the armed forces and animal advocate, she spends time at the St. Tammany Humane Society as a junior volunteer and focuses on her online non-profit business, Olivia’s Komeback Kids. She makes and sells bracelets with all profits donated to the Snowball Express which serves the children of fallen military heroes as part of the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Isabella Rosi, Monteleone Junior High (8th Grade)
Isabella excels academically and is active in her school and community. She has earned straight A’s while attending four different schools in three states and has received accolades for her academic achievements and citizenship.
She serves as a leader in her school as president of the Builder’s Club, vice president of the Beta Club and member of Marlin Leadership. She is a member of the Builder’s Club, has been a member of her school’s choir for the past nine years and was selected to the LMEA District 9 Honor Choir.
Her enthusiasm for the arts and helping others extends outside of school where she participates in the theater program at Shield Studios and plays both the guitar and ukulele at Northlake Academy of Music. She volunteers her time throughout the community with Relay for Life, St. Tammany Rocks, Keep Mandeville Beautiful and Operation We Care.
Austin Thombs, Northshore High (12th Grade)
A member of Mensa International since 2016, Austin has achieved straight A’s in every grade level since beginning school and maintains a perfect 4.6 GPA while enrolled in rigorous gifted and advanced placement courses. He posted perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT and has earned numerous academic distinctions, including being named a National Merit Semifinalist and receiving Gold Key and American Voices Awards from the national Scholastic Writing and Arts Awards program.
A two-year letterwinner and starting defensive end for the Northshore High football team, Austin was a finalist for the Louisiana Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He earned honorable mention All-District and LHSAA All-Academic honors. In addition to playing football, he was a two-year letterwinner and pole vaulter for the track and field team. He also spent his entire high school career as a member of the FIRST Robotics team, holding various leadership positions and receiving numerous awards, including the FIRST Robotics Chairman’s Award and FIRST Dean’s List Regional Winner.
Austin co-founded Northshore High’s TEDed/Debate Club, serves as the senior class representative for the Student Council and is involved in a variety of clubs, including NHS Ambassadors, Panther Pals special needs liaison program, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Inksplash Creative Writing Club, Mu Alpha Theta and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also serves as team captain for Northshore High’s state runner-up Quiz Bowl team and volunteers as an ACT tutor for fellow students.
He is committed to serving his community and volunteers with many organizations. He participates in STEM demonstrations and outreach opportunities for children in the community, regularly volunteers at a local nursing home and participates in numerous community service projects, including Keep Slidell Beautiful, Slidell Beach Sweep, Aplastic Anemia Softball Event, My Friends Closet Drive and many other activities as a member of several service organizations at school.
Combining his love of football, engineering and helping others, Austin has developed a prototype of a cost-effective robotic tackling dummy that can be used in football to reduce unnecessary collisions during practice and improve player safety.
Austin plans to pursue a career in the field of space exploration as an aerospace engineer.