Live Oak High School Senior Victor Rushing and North Corbin Junior High School eighth-grader Emily Seighman have been named regional finalists in the state’s annual Student of the Year competition.

The Louisiana Department of Education recently released the names of the state’s 18 finalists. The 18 students selected include one fifth-, eighth- and 12th-grader from each of the state’s six regions and represent public and nonpublic elementary, middle and high schools in Louisiana, a news release from the Department of Education said.

“We are very proud of these two students and impeccable résumés at such a young age. They are both very bright, very accomplished, and very active in the schools and communities. We know that our parish is well-represented in this year’s Student of the Year competitions,” Livingston Parish Schools Superintendent John Watson said.

Rushing is the son of Dana and Jodi Rushing, of Watson. He is set to graduate in May with a 4.0 grade-point average and several college-level credits. He is president of his senior class and is a member of several school clubs and teams, including Beta, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FBLA, Boy’s State and the LOHS baseball and football teams. Rushing is also a studio pianist, having participated in the Louisiana Music Teachers Association District Rally for 12 consecutive years, earning a Superior rating each of those years.

Rushing serves on the school’s student council and is an Eagle Ambassador. He attends Live Oak Methodist Church where he is a special music performer and serves as the audio-visual technician for the church’s 10 a.m. off-site service. He plans to study political science and government, en route to earning a law degree.

Seighman is the daughter of Jeff and Tallie Seighman, of Walker. She has participated in many clubs, including 4-H, Beta, Library, Yearbook, Photography and the Book Club. She is a percussionist in the school band, and has represented NCJH in both parish and district honor bands for the past two years. She also is a three-year starter for the NCJH Lady Bears basketball team and has participated in cross country and track.

She is involved in her church, where she participates in the youth group and volunteers in kid’s church. Seighman volunteers to serve her community through various outreaches, and has been on a mission trip to serve the people of Swaziland and Mozambique, Africa. She said she hopes to go to school to be an orthodontist, and one day return to Africa on a dental mission trip.

The Livingston Parish School Board and Watson will honor Rushing and Seighman, as well as all Student of the Year nominees from each of the schools across the parish, at a special public recognition ceremony at 6 p.m. May 7 at the Special Education auditorium at the district central office in Livingston.

Students compete with their peers at the district level and may advance to the regional competitions. Students are selected based on criteria that measure academic achievement, leadership skills, character and service to their schools and communities. Regional selection committees also use student-crafted portfolios of accomplishments, as well as student writing samples and interviews to assess the communications and critical thinking skills of each candidate.

The finalists will meet April 22 at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge for an awards ceremony and the announcement of the state Student of the Year winners from each grade.