Ana Claire Harrison (Lake Harbor Middle), Reece Hazard (Mandeville Junior High), and Bridget Seghers (Covington High) have been selected as the St. Tammany Parish Public School System's 2019-2020 Students of the Year. The students will represent STPPS at the regional competitions in February.
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.
Ana Claire, a fifth-grade student at Lake Harbor Middle, is the district's Elementary Division Student of the Year. Reece, an eighth-grader at Mandeville Junior High, is this year's Middle/Junior High Division Student of the Year. A Covington High senior, Bridget is the district's High School Division Student of the Year.
"Ana Claire, Reece, and Bridget are exceptional students and they excel academically in the classroom, are active in their schools, and they give back to their community," Superintendent Trey Folse said. "They are truly making a difference in St. Tammany Parish and we are proud to have such excellent representations of our School System. We are excited to be part of their continued success."
Ana Claire Harrison, Lake Harbor Middle (5th Grade)
As a fifth-grader, Ana Claire excels both in the classroom and in the arts. She has a 4.0 GPA throughout her young academic career while balancing her time between perfecting her music skills and volunteering in the community. She has participated in the school system's talented music program since 2017, can play three different instruments – clarinet, violin, and piano – and joined Lake Harbor Middle's band as a clarinetist. She also serves as a student council representative at her school.
An award-winning pianist, Ana Claire has participated in recitals and competitions across the state. She earned a Superior Rating at the National Federation of Music Clubs & Church Music Award at Hymn Festival each of the last four years. She has placed at District Rally, earning second place in 2017 and third place 2018 and 2019 from the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. In 2019, she finished first at the Torgrimson/Swanzy Piano Competition at LSU and first in the Northshore Music Teachers Association's Piano Virtuoso Competition.
Outside of school, Ana Claire is active in her community. She has planned, organized, and directed her neighborhood's food drive for the Samaritan Center in Mandeville, and collected, organized, and donated items to children in need for Samaritan's Purse: Operation Christmas Child. She is also a member of her church's Children's Choir and is an active athlete in the church's Upward Sports program.
Reece Hazard, Mandeville Junior High (8th Grade)
A two-time district level Student of the Year, Reece is well-rounded as she has maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in numerous organizations at Mandeville Junior High. She was also selected as elementary level Student of the Year in 2016-2017. She was the recipient of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation's Academic Achievement Award and the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney's Excellent Achievement Award. She was also recognized by her teachers with the History, Science, and Language Arts awards in 2018-2019. She was invited to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).
Reece is a member of Mandeville Junior High's cheerleading, cross country, and softball teams. She earned All-American Cheer honors at the MJH UCA Cheer Camp in addition to competing in swimming at the club level. She is a two-time Honor Choir selection as a member of Mandeville Junior High's choir.
She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the Builder's Club – both organizations are heavily involved in community service throughout her community. She donates to food banks and volunteers at a local nursing home. She also serves as a volunteer tutor for other students.
Bridget Seghers, Covington High (12th Grade)
An incredibly well-rounded student with a 4.54 GPA in rigorous honors, gifted, AP, and dual enrollment courses, Bridget is active in several extracurricular programs both at the school and state levels. After leading the St. Tammany Parish 4-H Club as president from 2016-2018 and service learning chair in 2018-2019, she ascended to Louisiana 4-H and the Louisiana Youth Wetland Ambassadors Team as state secretary. In addition to her role as state secretary, Bridget serves on the Louisiana 4-H Executive Board as the committee chair in charge of the promotion of National 4-H Week for Louisiana 4-H. She has been Louisiana's delegate to the National 4-H Conference each of the year two years. She was selected to serve on the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council for the 2019-2020 school year.
At the school level, Bridget is the captain of Covington High's girls' powerlifting team, secretary of the Next Generation Club, and senior secretary of the National Honor Society. She has previously served as a member of the FFA Club and Student Council at Covington High. She is also a senior member of her church's youth group. Bridget helped lead Covington High's girls' powerlifting team to a Class 5A runner-up finish in 2019 and a national runner-up finish in 2018. She finished third in her weight class at the 2019 LHSAA State Powerlifting Meet and second at the 2019 South Regional Powerlifting Meet.
Bridget has also earned four industry-based certifications (IBCs). In addition to her impressive school accolades, she has volunteered her time with the Northshore Humane Society, Louisiana 4-H, and StreetPetz which vaccinates homeless pets on the streets of New Orleans. Motivated by her love of animals, Bridget hopes to one day publish innovative research in the area of animal science, open a local chapter of StreetPetz, and attend veterinary school. Afterward, she plans to enlist in the Army's Veterinary Corps, earning her master of public health, and travel the world to address zoonotic disease outbreaks.