Principal presents bike to student for perfect iLEAP scores | Events
McKenzie Washington, a fourth grader at Glen Oaks Park Elementary School in Baton Rouge, was the only student who scored a perfect 500 on her iLEAP tests.
For her hard work, Principal Cynthia Lange presented McKenzie with a brand new bike at the school’s awards program Tuesday morning.
“I asked her a couple of days ago if she had a bike,” Lange tells 9News Neighborhoods. “She said no. I said ‘okay girl I’m going to get you a bike because you scored a perfect 500.'”
Nine-year-old McKenzie, who is in the fourth grade gifted program, made a perfect score of 500 on math and english language arts. She also scored high on science and social studies. Lange says it’s the first time that’s happened in her six years as principal.
“McKenzie is just an all around great kid and great student," Lange says. "She has high expectations for herself so it’s not surprising. What I’m trying to do is encourage other kids to reach that goal of a perfect score.”
McKenzie’s parents, Devin and Rodanda Washington, say they couldn’t be prouder.
“She’s always been the child who would not stop until she succeeds," her mother says. “She thinks nothing is too big for her.”
“My baby was the only one," says her dad. “I’m so proud of her. I got a lump in my throat.”
McKenzie won’t be enjoying her gift right away. Her dad will have to teach her how to ride.
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