The results are in for the Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) Louisiana Symbols contest for Natchitoches Parish students! Submissions were open to all school-age children of the parish. Students were asked to submit an original artwork and poem about a Louisiana symbol of their choosing.
From crawfish to magnolias, the Cajun accordion or milk, participants had a wide range of options to share their appreciation for our state. Winning pieces were selected by blind popular-vote and will be featured in the Reading Trail at Pierson and Mallett Park (behind the Fire Station on E. 5th in Natchitoches). The new panels will be installed in November. The Reading Trail is a joint effort of the NPL, the City of Natchitoches and the Cane River National Heritage Area.
Darvy Allison of Natchitoches Magnet also won in the state dog category.
Hanna Gahagan of St. Mary’s won in the state insect category (honeybee).
Adam Parker of St. Mary’s of St. Mary’s won in the state symbol category (fleur-de-lis).
Akeelah Wade of Natchitoches Magnet won in the state cuisine category (gumbo).
Trinity Herndon of NCHS won in the state musical instrument category (Cajun accordion).
Justin Vienne of St. Mary’s won in the state reptile category (alligator).
Bradford Morrison of Strong Foundations Academy of St. Mary’s won in the state boat category (pirogue).
Victoria Wiggins of NSU E-lab will have her artwork featured in the introductory panel.
Mixon Bankston of St. Mary’s won in the state mammal category (Louisiana Black Bear).
Mason Melder of St. Mary’s of St. Mary’s won in the state wildflower category (Louisiana iris).
Anna McClung of St. Mary’s won with in the state flower category (Magnolia).
Raeleigh McKellar of NSU E-Lab won in the state bird category (brown pelican).
Mason McCart of St. Mary’s won with in the state drink category (milk).
Journey Ashlock of Magnet also won with in the state flower category.
Jiaqi Yi of NSU Middle Lab won in the state fruit category (strawberry).
Andrew Kautz of St. Mary’s also won in the state reptile category.
Harley Welling of Provencal Elementary also won in the state crustacean category.
Emily Dawson of NSU won in the state doughnut category (beignets).
Camden Anderson of L.P. Vaughn tied in the state crustacean category (crawfish).
Anna Thibodaux of St. Mary’s won with in the state amphibian category (green tree frog).
Lila Lewis of St. Mary’s tied in the state dog category (Catahoula leopard dog).