Ambition drives success for Yent, the daughter of John and Karla Yent of Destrehan. "The ambition within me has been the driving force behind all of my activities, service work, school involvement, and academics," Yent wrote in her portfolio essay.
For outstanding success in the classroom, Yent was accepted into the Destrehan High honors program. Among her leadership positions are executive board president of the Student Council, captain of the cross country team, mayor and political party chairman of Louisiana Girls State, Louisiana Youth Seminar delegate, and a kickoff mentor.
She is a member of several school groups including the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Wildcats Interested in Saving Earth, peer support leaders, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and sports medicine III trainer.
Among achievements she has earned are college credits for Advance Placement Euro history, U.S. history and literature and composition; Spanish, civics, free enterprise and health and fitness awards; and being selected to the Homecoming Court.
Yent said she always strives for success. "... I set high standards and never let myself become satisfied with where I am; to be complacent is to halt growth. Always an ambitious child, I have known since the seventh grade that I was going to work in the medical field."
After graduating high school with an academic honors diploma, Yent plans to attend Lousiana State University to major in biology and study pre-medicine. She also plans to minor in Spanish then study abroad in Spain. Her ultimate goal is to become a reconstructive surgeon who works with Doctors Without Borders in Spanish speaking countries that lack adequate medical care.
Principal Stephen Weber said Yent exemplifies the school motto, "Excellence and Attitude." " Her ability to communicate with, and be respected by, her peers and our staff at Destrehan High School is a testament to her leadership skills and character," Weber said. "She models our most important Destrehan expectation, respect, and this truly makes me proud to call Kristen the DHS student of the year, and now the St.Charles Parish high school student of the year."