LAPLACE – The star students of the Ascension of Our Lord, Daniyah Winding and Drew Arceneaux, are distinguished by their academic success, their academic spirit and their ability to dream big.
Drew, AOL’s fifth-year student of the year, proves that the smartest students can become talented athletes. He played baseball and soccer for several years through LARAYO, and he joined the Crusaders athletic teams this year as the school reintroduced athletics for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Drew is building a future for himself as a hard-working, caring student who consistently earns honor roll recognition. While playing second base and center field for AOL, he dreams of one day joining a Major League Baseball team.
Drew is always ready to lend a hand on campus. Although he was displaced from his home by Hurricane Ida this year, he remained a member of AOL’s student council and he is also an anchor for WAOL’s morning news. Drew is also involved with the AOL parish as an altar server.
Another AOL star student, Daniyah Winding, is preparing to begin a new journey at St. Charles Catholic High School. She recently won a scholarship after achieving the highest score on the high school placement test.
Daniyah is also a member of WAOL and the student council. In the weeks following Hurricane Ida, Daniyah helped fold school uniforms to distribute to families who lost everything in the storm. The student council has also been a way for Daniyah to help organize school fundraisers and spirit week events.
Thanks to WAOL, Daniyah enjoys announcing special events and leading prayers for the school. She’s a Crusaders cheerleader and also an avid reader who consistently achieves her goals in AOL’s strong student reading program.
Her motivation to work hard is not only to make her family proud, but also to one day be able to attend her dream school, Xavier University.
In the future, Daniyah plans to become a cardiologist.
“When I was younger Doc McStuffins was my favorite show. From then on I knew I wanted to be a doctor. A cardiologist wasn’t my first choice because I didn’t know anything about it. I wanted to be a pediatrician , but I realized that I wanted to be a cardiologist because I want to help as many people as possible,” she said.
AOL Principal Doug Triche said he was impressed with the students’ commitment to the school in the university setting and beyond.
“They are always on the job, motivated to learn. We are very happy to have come through the time of COVID and the hurricane,” said Triche. “Although these students came to a school where there was cardboard on the floor, it did not dampen their spirits. They are always enthusiastic about school activities. They had a lot of adversity, but they had a very good spirit with all the activities they were able to do.