Local fifth grader makes Louisiana's elementary student of the year

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - On Thursday, students of the year from across the state met in Baton Rouge for the state students of the year competition.

Mallory Byrd (KALB)

This year, Hayden R. Lawrence fifth grader Mallory Byrd made it all the way and was announced as Louisiana's elementary school winner.

Bryd is a top student at her school. She went through many rounds of interviews and had to write essays to get to this point. Her grades, test scores, leadership roles and extracurriculars were also big factors.

This was the first year Rapides Parish had not one, but two students, head to Baton Rouge for the final competition.