Sophisticated Woman Magazine_April 2021

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STPPS Students Named State Student of the Year Finalists Mandeville High senior Raedan Stephens and Madisonville Junior High eighth grader Zoë Dieringer have been selected as finalists in the state’s 2021 Students of the Year competition. “We are extremely proud of these students, and we are excited to have them represent St. Tammany at the state competition,” said Superintendent Frank Jabbia. “Raedan and Zoë are leaders in their respective schools and are well-rounded teens who give back to their communities.”

Raedan Stephens is a well-rounded student with an impressive 4.6 GPA in rigorous honors, gifted and AP, and scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He is a leader on campus and has been elected class president for the past three years, founded the Economics Club, and represented his school on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Panel. Extracurricular activities include woodworking, piano, horseback riding, archery, violin, and volunteering with Northshore Humane Society and his church. He was selected Louisiana Youth Advisory Council representative, named National Merit Semifinalist and AP Scholar with Distinction, attended the Louisiana Literary Rally multiple times, and earned several industrybased 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 start a biotech company that will research and develop devices that interface with the brain to treat various diseases.

A two-time district-level Student of the Year, Zoë Dieringer has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA while pursuing her many passions: dance, theatre, flute, piano, writing, swimming and volunteering. At Madisonville Junior High, she has participated in the student council, Eagle Buddies, band and talented theater. 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 also 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.

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Madisonville Junior High Eighth Grader — Zoe Dieringer

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Mandeville High Senior — Raedan Stephens

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