It's that time of year. We take a minute to honor some of our area's best and brightest students.

You will often see things in the news and in social media about silly or even criminal things young people do these days. But we wanted to highlight some students for the great work they do every day.

Caddo Parish has named the 2023 Caddo Parish Students of the Year. Each of these winners was surprised during class on Monday. Superintendent, Dr. Lamar Goree and other top staff showed up at 3 local schools to hand out the honors and some trophies. Family members also surprised these young people as they were honored for all of their efforts.

Congratulations today to these 3 winners:

Elementary Student of the Year

Parker Cram of Eden Gardens Fundamental Elementary

Middle School Student of the Year

Esha Pingili of Caddo Middle Magnet

High School Student of the Year

Raj Letchuman of Caddo Magnet High

The Louisiana Students of the Year Program recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, service, citizenship, academic and/or career and technical achievement.

These amazing students now move on to regional competition.

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