Headline Archives - March 2013
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.The 6th Grade Academy at Martha Vinyard Elementary is preparing for testing by learning about the Digestive System. Teacher, Stacey Lawson, and students created the Digestive Systems on aprons.Midway violin students are getting ready for their performance in the Tangipahoa Elementary Music Festival in April. Music students from Midway and Natalbany schools will perform. From left are Music teacher Darryl Barnes, Paris Woods, Itzel Cervantes, Sophia Sconza, Faith Ratcliff and Frank Cabibi.Rhea Marrs, Principal of Loranger High School, and Mildred Johnson, Principal of Amite High School, were recognized at a recent School Board meeting. Each principal received a check for $8,453.85 from Superintendent Mark Kolwe and Board President Chris Cohea. The schools were recognized as a "Top Gains" school by the Louisiana Department of Education for exceeding their one year school growth target. These funds can be used by the school for any instructional enhancements that improve student achievement.The Special Olympics Team Members from Spring Creek Elementary received a "Hero's Welcome" when they returned to school after participating in the Special Olympic games. The Spring Creek students and faculty met them outside of school as they got off the bus and cheered for them making them feel like true celebrities.