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.
Mixon Bankston of St. Mary’s won in the state mammal category (Louisiana Black Bear).
Darvy Allison of Natchitoches Magnet also won in the state dog category.
Adam Parker of St. Mary’s of St. Mary’s won in the state symbol category (fleur-de-lis).
Harley Welling of Provencal Elementary also won in the state crustacean category.
Jiaqi Yi of NSU Middle Lab won in the state fruit category (strawberry).
Hanna Gahagan of St. Mary’s won in the state insect category (honeybee).
Camden Anderson of L.P. Vaughn tied in the state crustacean category (crawfish).
Anna McClung of St. Mary’s won with in the state flower category (Magnolia).
Anna Thibodaux of St. Mary’s won with in the state amphibian category (green tree frog).
Victoria Wiggins of NSU E-lab will have her artwork featured in the introductory panel.
Lila Lewis of St. Mary’s tied in the state dog category (Catahoula leopard dog).
Andrew Kautz of St. Mary’s also won in the state reptile category.
Journey Ashlock of Magnet also won with in the state flower category.
Justin Vienne of St. Mary’s won in the state reptile category (alligator).
Mason McCart of St. Mary’s won with in the state drink category (milk).
Emily Dawson of NSU won in the state doughnut category (beignets).
Bradford Morrison of Strong Foundations Academy of St. Mary’s won in the state boat category (pirogue).
Akeelah Wade of Natchitoches Magnet won in the state cuisine category (gumbo).
Mason Melder of St. Mary’s of St. Mary’s won in the state wildflower category (Louisiana iris).
Raeleigh McKellar of NSU E-Lab won in the state bird category (brown pelican).
Trinity Herndon of NCHS won in the state musical instrument category (Cajun accordion).