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Cenla student named 'Young Hero'

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 50)- The Louisiana Young Heroes Awards are a 19 year tradition. Each year Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge select a small group of outstanding students from across the state. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton introduces us to one Cenla student being honored by this year's awards.

Caroline Beard is a seventh grader at Alexandria Country Day School. She was recently nominated by her teachers and principal for a special recognition.

"It means a lot to me. Just that everybody would have took their time and nominated me for it," says Caroline Beard.

That recognition was for Louisiana Public Broadcasting's 2014 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards, which honors outstanding students who have achieved inside and outside the classroom or who have overcome adversity.

"You have to have good grades and then excel like working in your church. You just have to be an all-around person, not just excelling in one area."

"She strives to just be her best and encourage those around her. She's a leader in our school," says Kristy Zachary, one of Caroline's teachers.

She's also a dancer, an artist, a church volunteer, and she's raised money for St. Jude Children's Hospital- where she spent the early years of her life battling cancer.

"She just overall represents a hero that people can look up to and she's very inspiring to those around her."

Caroline got the news that she had been chosen as one of the 8 winners from across the state during a broadcast on LPB.

"I was at my aunt's house and I was just sitting there and we watched it and all of my cousins were excited and my aunts were excited and my uncles. Everybody was just excited for me."

She's a young achiever and a young hero representing Cenla well.

"It'll be another thing that I've looked back at and said yeah that is what I did in my seventh grade year."

Caroline will be honored on April 16th in Baton Rouge as part of Louisiana Young Heroes Day, which will include lunch at the Governor's Mansion.

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