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Apr 17, 2013 9:13 AM by AP/CS

St. Tammany, Caddo students win state's top honors

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Students from Caddo and St. Tammany Parish public schools walked away with Louisiana Student of the Year honors at a ceremony at the Louisiana State Museum.

The winners are Jon Mitchell, a senior at Pearl River High School in Pearl River, and Safa Michigan, an eighth-grader at Caddo Middle Magnet School, and Ceara Johnson, a fifth-grader at South Highlands Magnet School, both in Shreveport.

The Advocate reports the students were among 18 finalists who competed Tuesday from across the state.

The students all started by winning at the school level, then at the regional level. They came with a lengthy portfolio of their work. The judges looked for signs of academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and service to school and community.

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