My name is Hunter Bushnell and I am 11 years old. I was chosen for the honor of Student of the Year at Schneckenburger Elementary. I was selected for this prestigious award based upon my academic achievements and involvement within the school community. I have attended Schneckenburger Elementary since Pre-k. While attending Schneckenburger, I have created lasting friendships and wonderful memories. I have enjoyed my years spent at this school and will cherish all of the memories.
I am lucky enough to have an amazing and supportive family. My immediate family consist of my Dad, Mom, my younger brother (Quinn), younger sister (Lainey), and my two French Bulldogs, Gizmo and Buster. My grandparents also are a huge part of my life. I enjoy spending quality time with them. My favorite thing to do with my Paw-Paw is to star gaze. My Paw-Paw loves to point out the North Star and Big Dipper. It is because of him that I have developed a love of space. As a family, we love traveling to Disney World. My Dad, Quinn, and I are thrill seekers! We love riding roller coasters and scary rides! Our favorite rides are Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Mount Everest. My Mom and sister cannot handle those rides, so they watch us from a distance.
At school I am actively involved with K-Kids, safety patrol, and an ambassador for my school. K-Kids is an organization that provides services for people in need and teaches children about leadership, service, character education, and academic achievement. A recent project K-Kids completed was collecting food/supplies for people who suffered devastation from Hurricane Harvey. After all the items were collected, our school was able to send twenty large boxes. Once I learned the amount of supplies collected, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. I was happy to help people who were in desperate need of food and toiletries. A project we are currently working on is collecting items from local business to send supplies to troops overseas. We have written letters to Haydels bakery, Rouses and Aunt Pralines. K-Kids will also reach out to the student body and ask for their support also. I am excited for this particular project because I believe in showing our troops that we support them. As a member of safety patrol, I am responsible for helping the younger students get to their classroom safely. While serving on safety patrol, I have formed a special friendship with a special needs student. His Grandfather has shared with me that his grandson looks forward to coming to school to see me. He likes me to bring him to his class. I, too, enjoy seeing his smile every morning when I open the car door. As an ambassador, my responsibilities are to serve as a guide for guest at our school, assist with the school book fair and any other school projects. My favorite project I was able to work on allowed me to show my artistic side. Mrs. Broussard, the school librarian, asked if I would create props to be used at the school book fair. I loved being able to show my creativity.
In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors hunting with my Dad, looking through my telescope, drawing, archery, going to car shows, and reading about old, classic cars. I enjoy hunting with my dad. He makes it fun in the hunting stand by cracking jokes and watching funny videos on the internet. Another hobby I enjoy is looking through my telescope and creating new constellations in my head. When I’m not hunting or looking at the stars, I am drawing. I draw to relax and find comfort in expressing my creative side. Another passion I have is attending car shows and reading about old, classic cars. I enjoy seeing how other people show their creative side through their cars. My favorite classic car is the Ferrari F40.
My entire academic career I have been on the honor roll. I have maintained a 3.75 to a 4.0 GPA. On I-leap, I scored Mastery in all subjects. On LEAP, I scored Advanced in ELA and Mastery in Math, Science, and Social Studies. I am extremely proud of my academic achievements, but I am most proud of receiving the honor of Student of the Year.
There are three issues that are important to me and they are family, education and drug awareness. My family is very important to me because they provide me with inspiration, encouragement, and motivation to be successful in school. I have two people in my family who I admire the most. My Paw-Paw is very influential in my life. We enjoy looking at stars, talking about old cars, and spending quality time together. He shares stories with me about his professional career as a mechanical engineer and his time served in the United States Air Force. Just last year, he took my brother and me to the Belle Chasse Naval Station and we watched the Blue Angels soar through the air. It is because of him that I have dreams of becoming either mechanical or aerospace engineer. My father also inspires me to have a love of the outdoors. We love being together, in the cold, looking for the perfect buck. My family believes in the importance of education. My mother always stresses the importance of education because it can never be taken away from you. I also believe in working hard in your school studies and being the best you can be. I have learned a lot about drugs through the DARE program at school. Officer Corley, the DARE teacher, has taught fifth graders about the dangers of using drugs. Sadly, drugs are a big problem in our society. I hope to influence my friends to stay away from drugs because they destroy lives.
My Mom likes to tell me to, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”. I like this quote she tells me because it makes me believe that I am capable of great things. When I feel like giving up and frustrated, I think about this and I continue to try. I always want to do my best.
Hunter is a wonderful young man with great character. He is a well mannered and kind student. He goes above and beyond to help anyone who needs it. He is a talented artist and has a great sense of humor. He always strives to improve himself academically. Jessica Nelson(4th grade ELA teacher)
Hunter is a well-rounded student and an excellent role model for our students. He’s polite, witty, artistic, and maintains a high GPA while also participating in school clubs and outside sports. Lora Pertuit(5th grade ELA teacher)