Livingston finalists advance in Student of the Year contest _lowres

Photo provided by Delia Taylor -- Live Oak High School senior Victor Rushing has been named a the state's high school student of the year in the annual competition.

A Livingston Parish senior was named the statewide high school student of the year, the state Department of Education announced Wednesday night.

Victor Wade Rushing, a senior at Live Oak High School, is described as an accomplished musician who has been playing the piano since he was in first grade.

He is a member of Beta Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Mu Alpha Theta, Future Business Leaders of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is the Senior Class and Student Council president and chaplain for FCA.

For the past four years, he has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics. Victor wants to study political science and business and enter the Marine Corps and earn a law degree, according to the news release.

The elementary school student of the year is Rhett Anthony Williams, a fifth-grader at Montegut Middle School in Terrebonne Parish

The middle school student of the year is Ethan Laine Coker, an eighth-grader at Haynesville High School in Claiborne Parish.

The winners were announced at the annual Students of the Year awards ceremony at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. The event also recognized the 18 regional finalists for their achievements.