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|Berry named 12th Grade Student of the Year|
Maranda Kay Berry is Franklin Parish's 12th Grade Student of the Year.
Maranda is the daughter of Richard and Wanda Berry and will graduate from Franklin Parish High School this week, capping a school career that has been filled with scholastic accomplishments, and community leadership.
Maranda's family, school, and her faith in God have influenced the direction of her life.
"My family is vital to my life," she said. "My parents are involved in everything I do and encourage me to decide things for myself while helping me make the right decisions. My brother kept me involved in the activities at school and church by being involved himself, which taught me how to get along with others. He also set a good example for me by being a good student."
Berry said one thing she is very passionate about is school, though she not involved in the obvious ways.
"I have attended most of the football games and baseball games for the past four years to cheer on my classmates and friends," she said. "I think it's important to support one's school and I am proud to be a student at Franklin Parish High School." Berry also volunteered to help paint the football stadium and baseball park as well as some of the classrooms.
Berry has also managed a job at the Richland Parish Detention Center for almost a year and says it has given her the opportunity to grow in a new direction.
"I have learned much in this short time," she said, "I enjoy working and it has allowed me to have my own car and be a little more independent."
As an active member in her church, Berry said her relationship with God is an important influence in her life. She has participated in missionary trips to places such as the Ute Indian Tribe in Fort Deshuane, Utah, to host Bible school for the children, as well as assisting in mission work projects.
Berry's leadership skills are evident by her long list of extra-curricular activities: reporter of the Future Business Leaders of America, drama team director, Bible school music leader, Missionary Bible School song teacher, recreation helper and teacher.
Berry said that all of these things have had a huge impact on her life. "My family is the center of my life -- they always have my back. My school has helped me become a leader among my friends and given me some great memories. Work has taught me dedication, commitment, and accounting. God has been there through it all," she said. "I believe that each of these things have given, and will continue to give, me important tools for the future."