Ian Knudsen is the Regional Student of the Year. (Photo by Kassie Richardson/Bossier Schools)

Ian Knudsen had the perfect Friday and beginning of Spring Break. The Kingston Elementary fifth grader spent the day at the movie theater and park with his classmates, then came back to a big surprise.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith strolled into his classroom, along with Knudsen’s mother and an entourage of people, to announce he had been chosen as the Regional Student of the Year. That means he will compete at the state competition next month, where he will represent the school districts in seven parishes across northwest Louisiana.  

Knudsen is the all-around student. He is actively involved in robotics, archery, 4-H, Student Council and is co-founder of the Kingston Military Kids Club. He also volunteers with HUB Ministries and holds three Tae Kwon Do world championship titles.

When asked how he feels about representing Region I at the state level in Baton Rouge, Knudsen said “I know I have to work a lot harder, but I am going to have fun and try my best. Maybe I’ll even see the state capitol.”