NEWS & EVENTS
Posted March 4, 2016
One of our students flew all the way to New York over the Mardi Gras break to fulfill a huge goal of hers! Deanna Luneau, 11th grade student at LOHS, took the trip of a lifetime to perform with the international choir at Carnegie Hall in February. Not many are given this opportunity, and we are all very proud of this young lady for her accomplishments at such a young age. One impressive fact is that a total of 18,000 people auditioned, and 750 were accepted; that is only 4%, and our very own Deanna Luneau was a part of this! When asked about her experience, Deanna said, "Performing in Carnegie Hall was one of the most memorable experiences of my life! Not only did my dream of performing in Carnegie Hall come true, I also was able to make music with other musicians from around the world. The whole experience still seems so surreal." Live Oak is super proud to have such a talented Eagle under our wings. Congratulations Deanna, and keep SOARing! Written By: Jessica Bowen
Live Oak's Got Skill
Posted Mar 4, 2016
Written by Anna Kuhlmann
With 12 Live Oak High has been producing skilled and talented students for years, but this year tops the charts. The individuals, spirit groups, and sports groups at this school have done a lot this year. Individuals, whether it be in the classroom or in the community, have been shining brighter than ever. The spirit groups have been practicing all year to accomplish their dreams. The sports teams have been working as hard as everyone else to prove that they are the best as well. All of the groups this year have accomplished something that has never been done.
The cheer team won not just one but TWO national titles. The cheer team has been working hard since day 1 to achieve their goals. After competing at regionals and state, the team not only placed first, but they received a bid to go to UCA nationals. The cheer team competed in Medium Division I and Super Varsity Game-Day. This team has definitely beaten all the odds and obstacles that were thrown in their way. After asking how the team won, Captain/Senior Gabbi Brown replied with, "the team finally put their differences aside, and we worked together. We have always had these abilities, but this year we had confidence in each other."
The Eaglettes danced their hearts out in a season of firsts. They started off the year by placing first at their summer camp in New Orleans, where they received a bid to nationals. The team was led by captain and senior Carley Saunders, and coaches Heidi Hanks and Jerica Robinson. Their captivating routine was choreographed by Kendra Andrews, who came all the way from LA, California. At nationals, the Eaglettes competed in a new division, Small Varsity. The team made it through to Semi-finals with a little bit of glitter and a lot of teamwork.
Girls’ Basketball also had a season of firsts. Because of their successful season, the team went to playoffs for the first time in years. The anticipation of playoffs and the student support for the team really changed the atmosphere in and out of the gym, and this positivity carried the team through. Girls’ basketball owes their success to great leadership from the coaches and the seniors: Paige Vacarro, Ally Howard, Alexis Harrouch, and Olivia Wilson.
The Tennis team has great momentum for this season starting off with a victory against Denham from the boys. The team is coached by Coach Dyer and led by Captain Bailey Coleman. Bailey says that she is very excited for the rest of the season and thinks that the team is very dedicated and is willing to work past the difficulties that naturally come with the sport, such as Jason Holloway’s sprained ankle.
Boys’ Basketball had a challenging, yet rewarding season. The team started off strong with many wins. Cody Fontenot said that his favorite game this season was against Runnels High School, beating them 62-58. As the team began playing district games, the teams became more difficult to beat because the teams that they play in district are some of the best teams in the state. The team’s record was 15-16, and all were intense, entertaining games. Coaches Duhe, Capps, and Brown carried the team and seniors Michael Sullivan and Mark Rudison said that they enjoyed being a leader this season for the sport they are passionate about because of its competitiveness.
Mar 1...ACT Testing
Mar 1...Beta Induction 1:00
Mar 4...ACT Registration deadline
Mar 10...Softball v Walker
Mar 17...Softball v Central
Mar 17...Senior Supply Delivery
Mar 18...Soaring Eagle Banquet
Mar 22...Softball v Denham Springs
Mar 22...Non-Live Oak guest prom permission form due
Mar 24...Prom Shirt Day
Mar 24...Special Olympics
Mar 25-26...Live Oak Softball Tournament
Mar 25-1...Easter Holidays
Apr 2...Prom @ Stage One
May 21...Graduation at SELU 2pm
Students of the Month
Posted Feb 26, 2016
This wrestling season has been a very successful one for our own Live Oak Wrestling team. They have won several All-Metro awards, which are given to the best of the best in the Baton Rouge and Gonzales area. Winners from the first team include Ean Hill and Brennan Webb, and there were several honorable mentions for Bailey Hebert, Anthony Ingram, Kyle Roberts, Jarrett Rupert, Mason Castle, and Ethan Alfonso. The wrestling Coach Chris Collier describes his players as, “Overachievers, as a team.” And with as many awards as these, that may be a good term to use. The Eagles were the State-Runner up Champions this season with several individual State Champions. Ean Hill and Ethan Alphonso took 1st in their respective weight classes and Brennan Webb placed 2nd in the State Championship. Congratulations Eagles!
You'll Get a "Kick" Out of This
Posted Feb 1, 2016
With 12 wins so far this season, the girls' soccer team is proceeding like the champions that they are. Even with four injured players, the team is still working their hardest, putting in time, and practicing every day to get better at the sport they love. When asked about the success and attitude of th team this year Mrs Fasbender said, "The girls are playing hard, and they have the hearts of winners. We are reaching new goals this season and I am so proud." And with 11 wins and one tie in the regular season, and 2 wins in the district game, these young women have accomplished something that is a true cause of excitement. The senior night for girls soccer was on January 28th, so we would like to share our excitement for these girls and the achievements they have made thus far.
Boys Soccer Making History
Posted Jan 29, 2016
Live Oak’s very own boys’ soccer team is nearing the pinnacle of one of their most exciting seasons yet, and as Coach Miller says, "trying to make a little history." The team is looking forward to a path that may possibly lead to the first ever home playoff game! This would be the second playoff game in the history of Live Oak soccer, an exciting achievement for the athletes and coaches alike. If all goes well, the team should be playing Central, Ponchatoula, and Belaire for district. On their senior night, the team played Franklinton and this was the last game of the regular season. During this game, two senior players, Connor Rabalais and Jacob Davidson, were honored for their athleticism and commitment to the program. As far as recent accomplishments go, the team scored a 2-0 win against Broadmoor. On the topic of the team’s productivity and the overall season progression, Coach Miller said, "I have enjoyed working with the team. We have been working very hard since June this past summer. Twelve guys were assigned to varsity, and I wanted worthy guys to step up and have their chance, and at some points it’s hard to make decisions because all of our guys are so worthy. They definitely stepped up to the challenge."
Posted Jan 28, 2016
This year’s Honors Breakfast gave students maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA a well-deserved break from their classes for the morning. Every year, Live Oak serves breakfast to all of its accomplished students as a thank you for all of their hard work. Students say this year’s breakfast exceeded their expectations immensely. Plenty of good food and time out of class made the morning a lot of fun for everyone involved. Honors students spent the morning having fun with friends in the cafeteria to celebrate keeping such impressive grades. Many students are thankful for a great excuse to get out of class and hang out with their friends. And, following the long-standing honors breakfast tradition, the customary SunnyD tower was built to astronomical heights by the students. Students buzzed around the cafeteria with armfuls of empty SunnyD bottles to add to their stockpiled building materials. Though many wished it could have lasted a little longer, this honors breakfast was a huge success to the students participating. Thank you to those who organized the breakfast and to the students whose hard work earned them an invitation
LO Wrestling Duel
Posted Jan 12, 2016
The wrestling team went to St. Amant on January 2nd where the team placed 2nd out of 13 teams. They finished 2nd in the Zachary Big Horse Tournament and 1st in Bossier City Lone Survivor tournament at Parkway High School. The wrestling team is hosting a duel at Live Oak on January 23 and is expecting to be a tough duel. Coach Chris Collier is expecting a great job and a high finish in this duel. Collier has prepared his team for these tough duels. Please come out and support the team during this special event.
Posted Jan 8, 2016
Beta District competition is where our own beta club competes against Beta groups throughout the state in both individual and group competitions as well as a spelling bee and an oratory performance. For the group talent portion of the competition, our Live Oak sang and danced to Happy in a dance choreographed by J’lynn Shelby and Alex Sauhing with help from Rebecca Rushing. For the individual talent portion, Marjorie Barber sang a mash-up of two songs as well as played on the piano. She brought audience members to tears with her rendition. Deana Deluna planned the practices and meeting sessions leading up to the event as well as getting the school band to preform and keeping the Beta group on track. On the bus ride to the event, the Beta group practiced their chant, which was written by Lexi Miles, which was a Live Oak themed rendition of Drake’s Hotline Bling. At the event and during the individual competitions, there were many games for the participants to play including a Hulu hoop competition and fashion show in which the clothes were made entirely of newspapers, the work of which the Live Oak group was very proud of. During lunch, an informal Dance Competition broke out in which Mary Attaway won her round doing the worm. After the competition was over the entire party went for yogurt to finish the day.
Cross Country Success
Posted Jan 8, 2016
With another school year comes another successful season for the Cross Country Team at Live Oak High school. The team, full of young talent, won Parish this 2015 season with both boys and girls taking home the trophy. The boys managed to rack up a total of 37 points, and the girls came up with a staggering 43 points. The boys had 3 runners place in the top 10. Senior, Josh Danna, placed 5th while Junior, Landon Mears, finished in 4th place. The highest to place out of the boys for Live Oak was sophomore, Justin Peters, coming in at 3rd place. The girls shared similar success with 4 runners placing in the top 10. Coming in 10th place was senior, Elizabeth Stewart, right behind junior, Kennedi Hammond, in 9th. Senior, Kacie Stringer, placed 8th as well as junior, Paige Noble, placing the highest for Live Oak’s girls at 5th place in the race. The success shown by this Cross Country team is very special to the team’s coach, Bobbi Jo Guerin. “I am very proud of how hard they worked. Their dedication and teamwork has made them into what they are - fantastic runners,” she uttered, seemingly reminiscing of the season they had just endured. Her tone, speaking louder than her words, gave insight to all of the emotions and ups and downs of the journey this team had. To say they were good is an understatement. Only one school can claim Parish Champs, and that school happened to be Live Oak, claiming both boys and girls title. Truly a special moment for this program.
Eagle Basketball wins in overtime
Posted Dec 4, 2015
The girls’ basketball team is in line for a great season this year. Their new coach, Michele Yawn, has coached them through 2 double over-time wins against Episcopal and St. Joseph already this season. Also, another win last night at home against St. Amant led by seniors: Olivia Wilson, Ally Howard, Paige Vacarro, and Alexis Harrouch. Howard and Vacarro have both received All-Parish honorable mention. Within the first month of the season, the Eagles have a 4-2 record. First-team All-district and All-Parish performer, Presley Wascom, is just short of reaching a career high of 1,000 points as a junior. She also holds a school record for most points scored in a game. Coach Yawn has built a team on strength and team work. “We’re one team. Everyone does their part for the team to be successful.”
Lauren Brown signs softball scholarship with McNeese State University
Posted Dec 14, 2015
Lauren Brown signed a softball Letter of Intent with McNeese State University. Brown is a 3 time All-District player and 2015 All-State Selection with a .477 Batting Average. Her favorite thing about playing softball is, “I’m surrounded by people who make me better and want to be better too.
Grade "A" for Live Oak
Posted December 9, 2015
Live Oak high was recently rated an A school. With a score of 113.5, Live Oak High is ranked as the 4th best public school in Louisiana. SPS scores measure career and college readiness. This is a great accomplishment for the school and this community.
SPS, or school performance score, is what is used to compare the effectiveness of a school’s academic courses against other schools. They are based on student achievements and academic indicators (such as: credits, graduation rates, dual enrollment classes, Advance Placement classes, etc.). Student achievements are; 25% ACT and 25% End-of-Course. Another 25% is graduation index and the other 25% are academic indicators.
Everyone in high school takes the ACT (American College Testing), which is nationally recognized as a measurement of career and college readiness. Schools earn points off of the highest score earned by any student all the way through their senior year.
All students who are enrolled in courses with an End-of-Course (EOC) test must take it to earn a credit for that class. The classes that have the test are; Algebra I, Geometry, English II, English III, Biology, and U.S. History. The total number of points is divided by the number of participants.
Posted November 19, 2015
Live Oak High is excited to offer career guidance to the students. We are fortunate to have a variety of career representatives to come to our school and share with our students. Some of the representatives that are able to share are LSU, Northwestern State University, Southern University, LA Tech, Southeastern Louisiana University, and many more. We have many career clusters to give the students a variety of options to choose from. Some of those career clusters are the arts, business ownership, education, engineering, environment, law, media, medicine, sports.
Each student should consider this day as a time to learn more about which courses you should be taking in high school and in college to prepare you for a particular career. There will be four individual speaking sessions where they will talk to you about your specific job interest. There also will be one session you go to where there will be a bunch of different college stations set up that way you can start to decide which college you want to go to.
Career day is organized and made possible by the work of our faculty and volunteers.
Ashton Priester signs letter of intent with Northwestern State University Softball
Posted Dec 14, 2015
Football Historical Year
Posted November 20, 2015
The Eagles football team has been known in recent years to be a mess. That is until coach Brett Beard, Vanderbilt alumni and played pro, became the head of the football program. He instantly turned the football team from laughing stock to most feared and they started winning, which is unusual. Give or take we lost some but the bottom line is that we pulled of some upsets that allowed Live Oak to go to the play offs. Live Oak’s first real opponent was West Feliciana, September 16, the Eagles traveled to their home field to go to battle. The team looked good but we had some miscues that cost us to lose the game 28-27. Although we loss the game our team and coaches saw our mistakes and corrected them for our next opponent and rival Denham Springs. The football team traveled to the Jackets home and played the game of their lives. They did the impossible beating the Jackets 16-14 in a huge upset. The eagles then took this momentum back to their home field and took the Walker Wildcats by a huge margin of 23-0, but all good things must come to an end. Our next opponent was what one could say to be a football program of great athletes. The Eagles took on Scotlandville at home and it was a very tough game. The defense who has held our recent opponents, Zachary, to only 4 touchdowns couldn’t stop the speed on Scotlandville’s offense and the Eagles offense was unable to match the intensity of Scotlandville’s defense which resulted in a 34-7 loss. This would only help us go into our next game hungry for a win and a spot in the playoffs. The Eagles took on Central and managed to led them by field goal and take the win 24-21 and go to the play offs. With the momentum and excitement still in place the Eagles traveled to #8 Ouachita to play in the first round of the play offs. The Eagles defense managed to hold the offense most of the game and The Eagles offense was able to produce enough for a late fourth quarter lead. We kicked off and Ouachita caught the defense on their heels and managed to drive down inside the five yard line with first and goal. But the Eagles weren’t done yet they took everything they had left and put it into these next couple of plays. Ouachita was determined to run the ball into the end zone but after 3 unsuccessful attempts the Eagles defense had them on their heels and on fourth and goal Ouachita’s offense snapped the ball and handed it off but the Eagles defensive line got the jump on the opponent and our linebackers came flying in to make the running back fumble and win the game with a goal line stop! The Eagles pulled of a big upset and were able to host the first play off game ever in school history. On November 20th, late that evening the stadium at Live Oak was packed to cheer on the Eagles against a menacing John Ehret. What the Eagles thought was going to be a team they could tire out was not the case. The Patriots went up by 2 touchdowns before half and the Eagles looked tired and ready to give up. In the second half we managed to come out and get a safety but our offense was no match for the Patriots physical and fast defense which caused the Eagles to go down to the Patriots in a 25-2 loss. It was a sad thing to watch as we lost in the second round but the players and coaches took what they could form the loss and now motivate the Eagles team to victory next year.
Posted December 9, 2015
Girls’ soccer starts out their season confidently with their eyes on the playoffs. Led by seniors Alexis Hay, Michaela Beter, Madison Larson, and Allie Patrick, the team beat St. Martinville and plans to continue on the path to victory. Their coach, Jimmy Cook, has trained the girls to be a cohesive team and smart players. The team expects many more wins this season, and the girls are working hard to be district champions. “We’re not just going to the playoffs to play one game and be out. We’re going to win in the playoffs this year,” says senior Michaela Beter. As more and more fans come out to support the team, the girls are delivering exciting victories. Not only do the girls show a love for the game, but they also play with important core values that help them as individuals as well as athletes. Elizabeth Fasbender, the team’s faculty sponsor and a former high school soccer player herself, is excited about this year’s team and its chance for success on the field. “I love being the girls’ soccer sponsor because it is fun to watch the team start off in the beginning of the season and see them accomplish team goals and personal goals. I am excited that this year we are going to win district!” she says. Full of talent and passion for the game, this is a team to watch.
Night at the Auction
Posted December 9, 2015
Live Oak High School’s Girls Softball and Volleyball teams united under the leadership of Michelle Morris and Katie Roux for a successful “Night at the Auction”. With the help of the female athletes from respective teams and their faithful parents this auction turned out to be one of the best fundraisers of the year. The community support was paramount in the success of this event. Donations poured in from Livingston Parish’s local businesses and Live Oak Community Supporters allowing the auction to host 62 silent auction items and 25 live auction items. More than 300 people attended from the local community . Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who made this night a successful and enjoyable occasion. Many are already looking forward for next year and what the Eagles have in store for the future.
Coaches Morris and Roux could not have been more pleased because it was “all for the girls”. Many hours of hard work went into organizing the auction but because of the support from friends, fans, family, and community the night was everything the team could have hoped for! Thank you community for your overwhelming support and Geaux Eagles!
Posted December 7, 2015
As the weeks get closer to the holiday break, students become more concern about midterms. Students start to receive early checkout forms, study guides, and fees to pay before the end of the semester. Students also start to look more closely at their GPA levels and how they can fit in all the studying. Working hard on study guides for midterms in a small amount of time gives them a better chance to raise their grades before the end of the semester.
Giving a set schedule for students to know when their midterms are exactly helps them plan better on when to study. Students may check-out at 11:45 on December 14. On December 15 and 16 students will be allowed to checkout at 10:15. The students will be taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd hour midterms on December 14. The students will be taking 4th and 5th hour on December 15. The students will also be taking 6th and 7th on December 16.
Once the midterms are done for that day the office will call for students alphabetically to checkout if they had the form signed and turned in. Freshman and Sophomores will be picked up on the north side of campus, the bus loading area. Juniors and Senior will be picked up on the south side of the campus, the car rider area. All students that drive to school will park in the back parking lot to allow room for the parents that are picking up students in the front parking lot. Good Luck on Midterms and Happy Holidays!
Posted November 2, 2015
On October 17, the Live Oak soccer team held a fundraiser at the Watson ballpark. On this eventful Saturday, a staggering 96 players showed up for a kickball tournament, the first in Live Oak’s history. The occasion was adorned by cheerful fans and much support from families of the kickball teams. Exceptionally competitive players, Coach Michelle Yawn and Coach Katie Roux were few among the array of participants that proved their natural athleticism.
Posted November 1, 2015
LEADD is a national organization that many high schools are now adopting. It stands for Live Oak Eagles Against Destructive Decisions. It is an education, prevention, and activism program led by student example. Club members stand together to promote healthy choices and avoid destructive decisions. For Red Ribbon Week, the students sponsor a pep rally at the Live Oak Elementary School, have sidewalk chalk drawings for the kids, and hand out prevention bracelets.
Livingston Parish Fair Essay Competitors
Posted October 30, 2015
1st Place Alanna Messina
Posted October 30, 2015
Alanna Messina was awarded 1st place for her participation in the "Louisiana, Living off the Land - Then and Now" essay competition. To achieve this, she explained the contrasts between the survival techniques in the past and present. In the past, as she explains, people relied on necessities provided by the environment, but in the present, people rely on streamlined systems constructed for the purpose of survival.
3rd Place Amber Cradeur
Posted October 30, 2015
Amber Cradeur was awarded 3rd place for her participation in the "Louisiana, Living off the Land - Then and Now" essay competition. To achieve this, she wrote of the culture and cuisine that make Louisiana unique and the changes that occurred through these.
Teacher of the Month
Posted October 30, 2015
Mr. Mitchell, being the great world history teacher he is, recieved teacher of the month for September 2015.
Posted October 29, 2015
The insane asylum haunted house will be held on October 30th in the Live Oak Café. The whole set up will be behind the stage in the drama theater. There will be many terrifying elements incorporated into the experience. Scences will include electric shock therapy, a pediatric psych ward, and many other blood chilling experiences. It’s only $3 to enter during each lunch shift. Come and have a creepy time before Halloween. Proceeds will help the Gifted Art students travel to Disney’s Orlando Studios for a seminar on different photography topics and animation design.
Posted October 23, 2015
Mole day is an unofficial celebration celebrated among chemists and chemistry students. Mole day celebration is October 23rd between the time of 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM. The time and date chosen is derived from Avogadro's number, which is approximately 6.02×10²³.This year the theme of Mole day is “May the Moles Be with You” as a spin off on the Star War's slogan “May the Force Be with You”. Our Chemistry II and Chemistry AP students will be doing the experiments for all science classes such as Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry I etc. Some of the experiments they will be doing are lighting a dollar on fire without actually lighting it on fire, creating lava lamps, exploding a pumkin, and many more. Mole day has been celebrated at Live Oak for over 15 years.
Football vs. Denham Springs
Posted Oct, 2015
For head football coach Brett Beard, the October 8th game against Denham Springs High School was a “program defining win’’. The Eagles beat the Jackets 16-14. Sophomore Nathan Holliday’s 30 yard field goal proved good with just 1:10 seconds left in the game. Senior running back Will Higginbotham went in for a 3 Yard TD Run in the second quarter. This was a big night for the seniors on the team beating Denham. Congratulations Eagles on a great win against the Jackets!!! All in all, everyone had a great night and it was definitely a memorable one.
LIVE OAK BEAUTY PAGEANT
Posted Sept 19, 2015
Joshlynn Shelby - Miss Live Oak Queen
J'Lynn Shelby - Jr. Miss
Morgan Jones - Teen Miss
Amber Cook - Miss Congeniality
Girls of all ages competed in the 19th annual Live Oak Beauty Pageant on September 19th. Senior, Joshlynn Shelby, was crowned Miss Live Oak in the senior division. J'Lynn Shelby, a junior and the sister of Joshlynn, won Junior Miss Live Oak. Morgan Jones won the title of Teen Miss and senior, Amber Cook received the title of Miss Congeniality.
The Pageant was coordinated by Live Oak High Publications. Victoria Williams kept the crowd excited as she emceed the pageant. In the end, the Live Oak Beauty pageant was a huge success and the community is looking forward to next year.
PEP RALLY SPIRIT
Posted Sept 16, 2015
Swamp the Gators - St Amant Pep Rally - Seniors spirit winners
Red, White, Blue and You - KIPP Renaissance Pep Rally - Juniors spirit winners
ONCE A TIME HOMECOMING 2015
Posted Sept, 2015
Homecoming week is the week everyone waits for. It's the most comfortable week and the most stressful all at the same time. Everyone is getting ready for the Saturday night dance - dresses, tickets, suits, bow ties, and more. Finding a date is pretty stressful as well. Although stressful, it’s all worth it for One Night to Remember all while cheering on the Eagles to victory.
Spirit Week kicked off on Tuesday with PJ day, the day everyone wakes up and walks out the door ready to go. Even though everyone is still comfy and sleepy from their pajama pants and Live Oak t-shirt, the day must go on. Wednesday was Fictional Character day and it looked like Halloween in September. Thursday was the traditional Blue and Gold day. Dressy clothes and comfy clothes were all around. Some were dressed for the powder puff game and some were dressed to impress. Friday's pep rally will have everyone pumped up for the Homecoming game as the Eagles take on KIPP Renaissance. Last, but certainly not least, is the Homecoming dance. The moment everyone has been waiting for. It will surely be a night to remember.
The Drop '15
Posted Aug 31, 2015
The Back to School Bash, renamed The Drop, was held on Friday, August 21, 2015. Fun music, glow sticks, and colorful lights filled the Eagle Café as students gathered to dance their way back into the school year. Hundreds of students from all grades came together to have fun and celebrate, and everyone had a great time! Several groups of friends even made t-shirts specifically for The Drop like the Senior Girls of 2016! The Drop is hosted by the Yearbook Staff, led by Mrs. Paiton Achord. Mrs. Achord would like to thank every single person who came to The Drop for coming and making this dance the best Back to School Bash possible!
5th Annual 5K RUN
Posted August 18, 2015
Come join us for our 5th annual 5K and 1 mile fun run. The event will be held on September 26 at 8:00 A.M for the 1 mile and 8:30 for the 5K. Preregistration for the events ends on September 12 and the registration fee will increase to $25 after September 12th. Preregistration for the event include $20.00 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 mile. Race day registration will be held at Live Oak High School from 7:00-7:30 A.M. Please make checks payable to Live Oak High School. T-Shirts are only guaranteed for registrations received by 9/12/15. Online registrations will be available for runners at register.cajuntiming.com. Race sponsers include: Smoothie King, Canes, Sonic, and Varsity Sports. Pastalaya will be served for those attending the event. The event will have overall winners of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for each age division. Gift certificates will also be awarded for overall male and female winners.
Victor Rushing named Louisiana's 2015 Student of the Year
Posted April 29, 2015
BATON ROUGE — Live Oak High School produced the Louisiana High School Student of the Year, Victor Rushing, who was presented his honor Wednesday at an awards ceremony at the Louisiana State Museum.
“These students, the winners and finalists, are some of the finest young people our state has produced,” said State Superintendent John White. “They are models of academic excellence and character. They personify the potential that exists in young people throughout Louisiana. Their accomplishments show our students are as smart and as capable as any in America.”
Rushing, one of six 12th grade finalists to interview with judges that morning, learned of the honor when he was called up to accept his award that night.
“We had to write an essay and we had interviews yesterday morning,” Rushing said Thursday. “I think my interview is kind of what set me ahead. I thought the questions were really good and I had fairly good answers for them.”
A classically trained pianist, Rushing founded the Live Oak High School Share Club, a group of student mentors who tutor at-risk students to help them succeed academically and encourage them to stay in school rather than dropping out.
Rushing plans to attend Tulane on a legislative scholarship with a goal of studying law afterward at either Georgetown or Yale law schools. He said he is interested in pursuing contract law.
“I’ve just always taken an interest in government and how our governmental structure is set up,” Rushing said.
While he might aim for a career representing large corporations or sports agencies, Rushing also said he will probably want to return home once he’s finished school.
“I’m very family oriented so it would be tough to leave Watson,” the son of Dana and Jodi Rushing said.
As far as winning the highest honor as a student in the state, he gave a lot of credit to the mentoring he has received where grew up, particularly his school.
“Live Oak High School is the best public school by far in the Greater Baton Rouge area,” Rushing said. “The teachers sacrifice their time to get ahead and be successful. I told our principal (Traci McRae) I would not be there without them.”
Rushing, who has played the piano since he was in first grade, has received dozens of superior ratings and various honors at prestigious state and district music competitions, often performing his favorite classical pieces of composer Franz Joseph Haydn. In high school 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 (FCA), and he 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. He is also manager on the baseball team and oversees the video broadcast system at Live Oak United Methodist Church.
The process for selecting the winners begins at the school level. All public and approved nonpublic elementary, middle and high schools across the state are asked to submit one candidate from 5th, 8th and 12th grade. These students then compete with their peers at the district level and may advance to the regional competitions, where Regional Finalists are chosen.
Each finalist then submits a portfolio and completes a written composition the day of the award ceremony. The selection committee also interviews the finalists to evaluate their communication and critical thinking skills.
Each finalist receives a certificate noting his or her accomplishment, donated by the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents. The Students of the Year winners in each category each receive a trophy donated by the Louisiana School Board Association and a $50 check donated by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc.