Louisiana ‘Students of the Year’ for 2014 recognized

Students from schools in Mandeville, Chauvin and Ruston beat out their peers Wednesday to win recognition as Louisiana Students of the Year for 2014 for high, middle and elementary schools respectively.

The names of the students were announced Wednesday night during a reception at the Louisiana State Museum.

Here are the winners:

Patrick Flanigan, a senior at Mandeville High School in Mandeville.

Adeline Martin, an eighth-grader at Lacache Middle School in Chauvin.

Emma Purifoy, a fifth-grader at A.E. Phillips Laboratory School in Ruston.

The students competed as part of a field of 18 standout young people from around the state who came to Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Six students each competed in each of the three categories.

Fifteen of the finalists attend public schools, while three attend private schools. All three of this year’s winners are from public schools.

All started as winners at their schools and went on to win competitions at district and regional levels.

The judges looked for signs of academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and service to school and community.

Each finalist received a certificate noting the accomplishment, donated by the Louisiana Association of School Executives. The Student of the Year winners in each category are each receiving a trophy and a check, donated by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. and Sen. Norbert Chabert, R-Houma.