By Brittany Granger
Payslee Dahlquist has been named DeQuincy Elementary 2022-23 Student of the Year.
We have had the pleasure of having Dahlquist in our school the past three years. She has a passion for education that has been passed down through her family as her grandfather worked at the school board for 24 years, and her mother was once a 4th and 5th grade teacher at DeQuincy Elementary. She has a strength in and love for Math while frequently serving as group leader in her classrooms. She constantly takes initiative, is driven, and brings her best effort every day. She is kind and empathetic and thoroughly enjoys working with others. She is a well-rounded student and wonderful example to her peers.
She has also maintained a 3.8 GPA throughout her entire academic career thus far. She is currently a member of our school’s National Junior BETA Club, 5th Grade DES Choir, Robotics Club, and 4-H Club. She participates in various extracurricular activities including community service and citizenship opportunities where she demonstrates exceptional leadership skills.
Our teachers, faculty, and staff feel privileged to have her here at DES. We cannot wait to see her accomplishments throughout the remainder of her educational career and have no doubt that she will succeed in every avenue of her life.
Chloe Kay Thompson has been selected as DeQuincy Middle School’s Student of the Year for the 2022-23 school year.
Thompson was chosen for this honor by state guidelines and a panel of outside judges and will now advance to the parish competition.
She has maintained a 3.9 grade point average throughout her elementary and middle school years. She is a member of the Beta club and is an art student through the CPSB Talented Visual Arts program.
She runs long distance in track for DMS and the DeQuincy Recreational track team during the summer. She also plays soccer for SPAR in Sulphur during the fall season and enjoys riding horses in her spare time. She is also a member of the New Hope Baptist Church.
After high school, she plans to attend Texas A&M and major in Biology. Her goal is to become a paleontologist because of her interest in dinosaurs and reptiles.
Thompson is the daughter of Casey and Erica Thompson, and Cassandra Mericle of DeQuincy.
By Hollie Sanders
Lydia DarDar, a senior at DeQuincy High School, has been named the 2022-23 Student of The Year.
DarDar is the daughter of Garon and Lisa DarDar. She is a banner roll student with a 4.12 GPA and an ACT composite of 24.
She participates in multiple clubs and organizations. Some of those include the following: Beta, Student Council, Honor Society, Youth for Christ, Cheer, Volleyball, Softball, and Track. She is also involved in the community serving others, as well as serving in her church, Crosspoint Community Church.
DarDar has also completed multiple dual enrollment and AP classes. She plans to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy.
The High School Student of the Year Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding high school students throughout the parish, region, and state. These students have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability and citizenship.