Ouachita Parish Student Wins State Recognition

Madison Nelson - 2017 Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year
Posted on 04/06/2017
Congratulations to Ouachita Junior High School student Madison Nelson on being named Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year! The announcement was made in Baton Rouge on April 5, as students from all over the state were recognized for winning titles in their districts and regions. Madison was named Student of the Year for her school in December and achieved the district title in January.

Madison is an eighth grade student at OJHS, where she has found success in the classroom and on the dance floor. At school, Madison has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the honors program, while serving as president of the Student Council, the Junior Honor Society, and the 4-H Club. She's also a member of the National Junior Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Students and Beta Club.

In the community, Madison is a member of Girl Scouts and is actively involved with True Vine Baptist Church, where she acts, sings in the choir and participates in youth group activities. Through these activities, she has hosted canned food drives, vigils and events; donated Christmas gifts to children in need; cleaned her community; visited nursing homes; and mentored at-risk youth, among other efforts. In addition, Madison is a gifted dancer. She dances both at the Delta Academy Dance Studio, as well as in school, as part of the dance team, of which she has served as co-captain and line leader.

Madison has received numerous awards for her service and academic achievement. Among them, she was named a Duke Scholar and a finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship; was presented awards for oration, for crafting and for maintaining a high GPA; and was selected to attend a math and science summer program at Xavier University. Madison wants to pursue a career in medicine and ultimately work as a cardio-thoracic surgeon.

Ouachita Parish is very proud of Madison, our first Louisiana Student of the Year!
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