The Natchitoches Parish Library’s 80th Anniversary celebration last year included an art and poetry contest. Students were asked to submit entries based on Louisiana’s most recognized symbols such as the magnolia, state flower; bald cypress, state tree; the brown pelican, state bird; and more.
Students chose one Louisiana state symbol then wrote a poem focusing on the symbol. They also created a visual art piece representing the symbol. The winning pieces will be featured on the Reading Trail at Pierson Mallett Park located behind the fire station on East 5th St. The Library hopes to have the poetry and art work formatted and ready by early November.
The Reading Trail features 20 placards, eight from St. Mary’s. Jessica McGrath of the NPL presented the awards. St. Mary’s winning entries are Green Tree Frog by Anna Thibodaux; poem and photography entry on milk by Mason McCart; magnolia poem and art by Anna Marie McClung; poem and drawing on the honeybee by Hannah Gahagan; poem and art on the black bear by Mixon Bankston; the Louisiana alligator by Andrew Kautz; poem and photography entry on the Louisiana Iris by Mason Melder; and the Fleur-de-Lis by Adam Parker.