Louisiana’s 11th Annual Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest Winners Announced

Release Date: 06/03/2013

June 3, 2013 – State winners have been announced for the 11th Annual Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest. This contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation. The Alcoa Foundation has sponsored this statewide program for the past 10 years. 

The winners were selected from 792 entries submitted by kindergarten through twelfth grade students representing ninety-four schools across the state. Students could submit entries in both art and language arts in four separate age categories. Art entries were required to be in color and participants could use a variety of media, including crayons, colored pencils, and watercolors. Language arts entries could be written as a story, reflection, creative narrative, or poetry. Entries were judged on artistic quality, creativity, and how well the piece represented this year’s theme, "Louisiana’s Natural Resources: What’s Important to You?

The Louisiana students will be honored for their winning entries at an awards reception to be held in Baton Rouge at the Governor’s Mansion on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Secretary Stephen Chustz, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, will deliver the congratulatory address and Connie Conner, LEEC past chair, will serve as master of ceremonies. 

The students’ families, teachers, and principals are invited to attend the reception. Members of the contest judging panel, the LEEC, and Alcoa Foundation representatives will be in attendance to honor these outstanding students.

Prizes awarded to the contestants include $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $75 for third place. Winning art and language art entries will be used to create the 2014 Environmental Awareness calendar, which will be distributed statewide. Winning language arts entries will be published in newspapers and winning art entries will be placed on billboards in the winners’ local areas. 

The 11th Annual Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts winners are as follows:

Language Arts Winners

Group 1 (ages 5-7)

1st Emilee King, Chesbrough Elementary School, Tangipahoa Parish

Group 2 (age 8-10)

1st  Lakin Graham, Chesbrough Elementary School, Tangipahoa Parish

2nd  Owen Brouillette, Homeschooled, West Feliciana Parish

3rd Lizzie Robert, Isidore Newman School, Jefferson Parish

Group 3 (ages 11-13)

1st  Paycen Brouillette, Homeschooled, West Feliciana Parish

2nd  Clay Knight, Lockport Middle School, Lafourche Parish

3rd  Shayley Naquin, St. Gregory Catholic School, Terrebonne Parish

Group 4 (ages 14-18)

1st  Tara Guy, Mount Hermon School, Washington Parish

2nd  Brooke Lawson, Grace King High School, Jefferson Parish

3rd  Maddy McDade, DeRidder Jr. High School, Beauregard Parish 

Special Recognition         

Michelle Lee, Episcopal High School, East Baton Rouge Parish

Art Winners

Group 1 (ages 5-7)

1st  Noah Guidroz, Port Barre Elementary School, St. Landry Parish

2nd  Levi Graham, Chesbrough Elementary School, Tangipahoa Parish

3rd  Noah Katner, Lusher Charter School, Orleans Parish

Group 2 (age 8-10)

1st  Ashini Modi, South Highlands Magnet, Caddo Parish

2nd  Anna Johnson, Isidore Newman School, Jefferson Parish

3rd  Ethan Guidroz, Lockport Upper Elementary, Lafourche Parish

Group 3 (ages 11-13)

1st  Trenece Robertson, Port Barre High School, St. Landry Parish

2nd  Kyle Miller, S. P. Arnett Middle School, Calcasieu Parish

3rd  Christian Torres, Curtis Elementary, Bossier Parish

Group 4 (ages 14-18)

1st  Tuyen Dang, Helen Cox High School, Jefferson Parish

2nd  Brenden Ledet, Bayou Blue Middle School, Lafourche Parish

3rd  Victoria-Duyen Chu, Helen Cox High School, Jefferson Parish

For more information on the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission or the Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts contest, visit www.wlf.la.gov/eec or contact Juliet Raffray at 225-765-0124 or jraffray@wlf.la.gov.