Abigail Mercante, Senior at Ponchatoula High School and daughter of Anthony and Lisa Mercante of Ponchatoula has won a gold key in the 2013 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition. It continues to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S. and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.
This year Abby placed in our Region-at-Large and will go on to compete in the national competition and she is the first teen in our parish to place in the Art Awards. Abby’s comic book entry titled “Poko” was among the approximately 15,000 gold key winners nationwide.
Previous awards have identified the early promise of some of our nation’s most exceptional visionaries including artists Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Avedon, Ken Burns, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, and John Lithgo. Past judges include Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, and Judy Blume.
Abigail plans to pursue art as a career and study animation at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Abby’s artwork will be on display at the Annual Talented Art Exhibit at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. It opens on March 19 and runs through April 2. A reception honoring the artists is April 2 from 5:00-6:30.