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While it was a huge honor just to be recognized as a Louisiana State semi-finalist, receiving the news from the Louisiana Department of Education, that he has now become a finalist in the Louisiana Principal of the Year competition, has made this an incredible week for Bossier High School Principal, David Thrash.

Thrash has been in education for 38 years and spent the last 14 of those as principal of Bossier High School. Considered the “dean” of Bossier Parish high school principals, Thrash won the 2011 Louisiana State Principal of the Year title and was a previous Bossier Parish High School Principal of the Year in 2010 and 2018. Bossier High has seen big gains under the leadership of Thrash, most notably the school’s current letter grade improving to a ‘B.’

Both Thrash and Haughton's Steve Brown, who is a Teacher of the Year semi-finalist, will be honored at the 15th Annual Excellent Educators Awards Gala in July at which time the state winners will be announced.

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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