ST. AMANT, La. (BRPROUD) – There are 2333 students that attend St. Amant High School and only one is picked as the best student.

Ephraim Craddock is the 2022-2023 Student of the Year.

Craddock is one of 501 seniors in this year’s class and his future may be somewhere far north of Louisiana.

The high school senior has applied to the University of Chicago.

That is in the future though and to understand how Ephraim got to this point, one only need look at his list of accomplishments.

Along with being named the 2022-2023 Student of the Year, Ephraim has accomplished a lot in his brief time on Earth.

Check out this list of Craddock’s accomplishments up to this point:

  • National Merit Semifinalist
  • Eagle Scout
  • AP Scholar with Honors
  • Member of the school band, wrestling team, DECA, Mu Alpha Theta, student council, FCA, and Rho Kappa.
  • Represented St. Amant last year at Louisiana Boys’ State

“Louisiana Boys State (LABS) is a leadership development program for young men and is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of the American Legion,” according to Principal Beth Templet.

The participants in this program learn about our political system.

So what kind of project did Ephraim complete in order to make Eagle Scout?

The 2022-2023 Student of the Year describes the project and the reason behind it below.

My Eagle Scout project had a very large personal and emotional impact on me. I heard the story of a 10-year-old girl who attended St. Amant Middle School that touched the lives of everyone that she met. She sadly passed away in 2007 and had a memorial built to her life. The memorial was washed away in the Flood of 2016. For my project, I built 4 benches with a plaque honoring the student, as a way to reinstate a memorial to her.

The Eagle Scout project is an example of the “STA Way.”

Craddock says that the “STA Way” “is success through actions. That means that success can be achieved in each and every moment, through consistency and moving in the right direction.”

So what does the future hold for Ephraim Craddock?

Craddock says he would like to study biochemistry.

The Eagle Scout says that “he can see the very positive impact that research in chemistry can have and see the meaningful impact that I could make on the world as a biochemist.”

That outlook stems from his experience in AP Chemistry which is one of his favorite classes along with Calculus AB.

So what has Ephraim Craddock enjoyed most about attending St. Amant High School?

Craddock says that he enjoys “the diverse opportunities for activities that I am passionate about and how students are encouraged to become involved in a plethora of activities.”

St. Amant High School is located at 12035 LA-431.