Northwestern State University’s Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies encouraged literacy at parish schools this spring by sponsoring two contests. Students in grades K-five participated in an Easter writing and coloring contest. Sixth-eighth graders entered the St. Patrick’s Day creative writing contest.
The events were advertised to local schools with 234 students in lower grades and 100 students in upper grades from six different local schools entering. Participating schools were Provencal Elementary and Jr. High, Marthaville Elementary and Jr. High, NSU Elementary Lab School, NSU Middle Lab School, Fairview Alpha Elementary, Lakeview Jr. High and Provencal Christian Academy.
K-three winners were: first place Taylor Stewart from Fairview Alpha Elementary, second place Aubrie Hinds from Provencal Elementary and third place Andi Carney from Provencal Christian Academy.
Winners in grades four-five were: first place Karen Cedars from Provencal, second place Conner Franks from Fairview Alpha and third place Saydi Loftin from Provencal.
Sixth-eighth grade winners were: first place Tralyn Loftin from Lakeview Jr. High, second place Grace Smith from NSU Middle Lab, third place Nevaeh Revels from Fairview Alpha and honorable mention Bronson Rains from Marthaville.
Department Administrative Service Coordinator Scarlett Vascocu was the lead organizer and presented the awards to winning students. Several department faculty and staff assisted with judging.