The Service League of Natchitoches announced the winners of the first Spirit of Christmas Art Contest aimed at celebrating the magic of the holiday season. All Natchitoches Parish elementary and high school students and students home-schooled in Natchitoches Parish who are in kindergarten through 12th grade were invited to participate.
“Christmas is a special time, and our community celebrates the season with a distinct spirit. This program allowed us to create an opportunity for the children in our region to share what the Spirit of Christmas means to them,” stated Christina Johnson, Service League President.
The contest was created to help spread the message of giving, hope, good cheer, love, understanding, helping and goodwill towards all during this holiday season. These are the feelings of Christmas that support the things that go along with this beautiful holiday like presents, children, Christmas trees, decorations, parties, cookies, candy and more.
Students were encouraged to depict what makes the season special to them and their families. “The children did a fabulous job, and it was difficult to choose the division winners,” continued Johnson.
Division I K – 3rd
First Place: Emery Wenninger, 3rd Grade, NSU Elementary Lab
Second Place: Adrienne Dunisseau, 3rd Grade, Natchitoches Magnet
Third Place: Carson Gentry, 2nd Grade, NSU Elementary Lab
Fourth Place: Jolee Snyder, 2nd Grade, NSU Elementary Lab
Division II 4th – 5th
First Place: Brenyn Wilson, 4th Grade, NSU Elementary Lab
Second Place: Sarabeth Terrell, 5th Grade, NSU Elementary Lab
Third Place: Catherine Wilkerson, 4th Grade, NSU Elementary Lab
Fourth Place: Eliana Hawkins, 5th Grade, NSU Elementary Lab
Division III 6th – 8th
First Place & Overall Grand Prize Winner: Hayden Sellers, 8th Grade, NSU Middle Lab
Second Place: Ella Fluitt, 6th Grade, Natchitoches Magnet School
Third Place: Hailey Jarnagin, 8th Grade, NSU Middle Lab
Fourth Place: Gracelyn Northcutt, 8th Grade, NSU Middle Lab
Mackenzie Morgan, 7th Grade, NSU Middle Lab
Hayden Sellers’ entry was chosen as the Division III and overall winner and will be awarded $100. Emery Wenninger, Division I and Brenyn Wilson, Division II winner will be awarded $50.
The remaining winners, along with other honorable mentions in each division, will be showcased at the Prud’homme Rouquier House during the Natchitoches Historic Foundation’s Christmas Tour of Homes Dec. 17.
“We were blown away by the talent reflected in this year’s entries and look forward to hosting this program again next year,” Johnson said.
Contest winners will be contacted after Dec. 15 to coordinate awards.