Kingston Student Named 2017 State Elementary Student of the Year
When the Louisiana Department of Education named the winners of the 2017 Students of the Year competition April 5 in Baton Rouge, a Bossier Parish fifth grader’s name was among them.
Kingston Elementary’s Zachary Cryer was chosen as the state Elementary Student of the Year after being interviewed earlier in the day by a judging panel. Cryer had advanced from the school and district level and was representing Region 1, a 15-parish area, as the Elementary Student of the Year finalist.
The winners -- one student from the elementary, middle and high school grades -- were selected based on criteria that measure academic achievement, leadership skills, character and service to their schools and community.
"Every year, it gives me great joy to recognize these students, who are among the best and brightest in Louisiana," said State Superintendent John White. "These students are truly remarkable, and we are proud of the hard work and leadership they contribute to their classrooms, schools, communities and state."
Zachary’s resume is impressive and indicative of how well rounded this exemplary young man is. He balances academics with leadership roles, sports and community activities. At school, he serves as president of the Student Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; acts as branch manager for the school's bank; and is a member of the 4-H Club, Robotics Team and National Elementary Honor Society. In the community, he volunteers with the Kingston Safety Squad, the parish's AIM program, the Cypress Baptist Church Kids Staff and the HUB Ministry. Through these activities, he has organized an archery tournament to benefit an ill student at a neighboring school, and he's planted seeds as part of a beautification project, among other efforts.
In addition, Zachary is a talented athlete, who plays basketball, baseball and soccer, runs cross country and competes in archery, and a musician, who plays piano and participated in the school's talent show.
Zachary has been recognized for his involvement and leadership. In recent years, he has won four writing and poetry competitions, in some instances multiple years in a row, and a spelling bee; taken home various awards for reading, book projects and even shooting sports; participated in the regional science fair; and earned straight As for five consecutive years. In 2016, Kiwanis presented him the "Terrific Kid" award.
Zachary hopes to one day become a biomedical engineer and design prosthetics and medical diagnostic equipment. His career ambition stems from his interests in robotics and science.
He had quite the cheering squad surrounding him at the awards banquet, which was held at the Louisiana State Museum. In addition to his family, Kingston Principal Debbie Gegg was there, as well as Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith.
Congratulations, Zachary Cryer. Bossier Schools could not be more proud of you!