BHS student earns third in LELA holiday art scholarship contest

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Louisiana Education Loan Authority (Lela) announced the winners of the 2013 Holiday Art Scholarship Contest, which it sponsored in partnership with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

The contest was open to high school seniors creating art under the theme, "Louisiana Holiday Cheer and Happy New Year." There were 92 entries from 54 Louisiana schools. Lela awarded up to $6,000 in college scholarships to the top six designs.

Lela awarded first place and a $2,000 college scholarship to Ardhyn Parks of Sacred Heart High School in Ville Platte.

Sean Adams of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond won second place and a $1,500 scholarship.

Winning third place and a $1,000 scholarship was Madison Bonaventure of Brusly High School.

Receiving notable mentions and a Lela goodie bag were Sarah Garrett of Runnels High School and Danielle Spath of Brusly High School.

Representatives of Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism's Division of the Arts judged the final round of the contest.

"The entries showed such creativity and maturity. We want to commend all the students who entered, as well as the many teachers and counselors who encouraged students to take advantage of this scholarship opportunity," said Lela Assistant Vice President Joni Leggio.

The Louisiana Education Loan Authority (Lela), a division of the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA), is Louisiana's non-profit resource for college planning. Lela's mission is to develop projects and programs to make higher education more accessible to the people of Louisiana. Lela has assisted more than 400,000 students since 1984. Find more information at

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) advocates the importance of the visual arts in the development of our youth. GRFA encourages the use of art within all curricula and supports a variety of art education programs. Learn more at  

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