Caddo Schools is proud to announce three leading students that will represent the district as the 2021 students of the year. All three students have shown strides in academics, dedication to their community and helping others, strong interviewing etiquette, and necessary leadership skills.
Diya Desai is Caddo Schools High School Student of the Year. She is a senior at Caddo Parish Magnet High School. Desai is the daughter of two local doctors and has aspirations of following in their footsteps. Her straight-A status is proof that she is a strong academic performer but that is only a hint into the rigorous work she’s been challenged with. A few of her accolades include earning a perfect ACT score, being named a National Merit Semifinalist and National Honor Society. Desai has introduced her school to new ways of recycling and takes pride in promoting ways to care for the earth. She is interested in continuing her education in chemistry and policy.
Lily Drach is an eighth-grader at Donnie Bickham Middle School. Drach has a heart for helping others and wants to become a doctor so she can make an impact on the lives of others. She is passionate about equal rights and promoting positive mental health services but in her personal life, her biggest passion is goat showing. Drach currently owns four goats and competes at local Livestock shows. She hopes to one day attend an Ivy League school like Yale. Before college though, she looks forward to being a student at Northwood High School next school year.
Luka Mikaberdize is a fifth-grader at South Highlands Elementary and has been named the Elementary Student of the Year across Caddo Schools. Mikaberdize is wise for his age and credits his young success to his parents and younger brother as well as all his teachers at South Highlands. He has a long list of hobbies that include knitting hats and gloves for the homeless; playing the Ukulele, violin, and piano; making competitive, historical board games; and learning anything and everything about space and the solar system. Mikaberdize is fluent in two languages and is currently learning two more. He aspires to be an astronaut.
These students will go on to compete at the regional level against 15 other local school districts. The regional competition is set to take place in February.