Youth wetlands poetry contest winners announced

Kenneth Gautreaux  |  8/10/2017 8:38:29 PM

(08/10/17) BATON ROUGE, La. — “Louisiana’s Coast: Why is it Important?” was the theme for the fourth annual Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program poetry contest.

Nearly 200 students from across the state competed in the competition with the opportunity to win cash prizes.

Winners were named in each of the three age groups: upper elementary, middle school and high school. First-place winners in each division received a $200 cash award with their teacher receiving a $50 award.

Second-place contestants received $100, and third-place individuals received $50.

The winners in the upper elementary division were: first place, Lane Barton, Phoenix Magnet Elementary, Rapides Parish; second place, Christopher Morrison, Oak Hill Elementary, Rapides Parish; third place, Nicolyna Bolgiano, Wesley Ray School, Washington Parish.

Middle school winners were: first place, Hayden Viguerie, LSU Laboratory School, East Baton Rouge Parish; second place, Marissa Walker, LSU Laboratory School, East Baton Rouge Parish; third place, Melanie Navarro, LSU Laboratory School, East Baton Rouge Parish.

High school winners were: first place, Paige Colston, Many High School, Sabine Parish; second place, Weston Cormier, Erath High School, Vermilion Parish; third place, George Mainous, C. E. Byrd High School, Caddo Parish.

The poems will be featured in Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program publications.

The 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach program is a statewide LSU AgCenter 4-H initiative funded by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The program is designed to heighten students’ awareness of Louisiana’s wetland loss through an organized educational program of outreach, empowerment and advocacy.

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