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Fanfare announces House of Blues Exhibit winners

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fall arts festival, has again joined with the International House of Blues Foundation and its Blues School House Program to sponsor an art competition for local school children.
     The competition is designed to inspire students in grades 5-12 to use recycled or “found” materials to create artwork depicting significant events that shape their lives and world. The students’ art is on display in the lobby of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in Hammond and can be viewed from 11 a.m. -4 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, through Oct. 31.
     Participating artists have been invited to a special program at the House of Blues in New Orleans for a guided folk art tour and a live music presentation on the history of the blues.
     The 2011 International House of Blues Foundation art competition winners are:
■ Fifth grade – Ashton Adcot, Mandeville Middle School, first; Destiny Grass, Lake Harbor Middle School, second; Bailey Wycoff, Mandeville Middle School, third.
■ Sixth grade – Seth Martin, Mandeville Middle School, first; Christian Welks, Mandeville Middle School, second; Kayleigh Benefiel, Sumner Middle School, third.
■ Seventh grade – Travis Moral,Westside Beyond Gifted School, first; Jordan Holmes, Madisonville Junior High, second; Olivia MeHaffey, Madisonville Junior High School, third.
■ Eighth grade – Audry Hotard, Madisonville Junior High School, first; Sarah Alford, Trafton Adacemy, second; Madi Shoemake, Madisonville Junior High School, third.
■ Ninth grade – Milee Lee, Lakeshore High School, first; Elizabeth Kelly, Lakeshore High School, second; Kelly Geno, Lakeshore High School, third.
■ 10th grade – Kara Lee Ainsworth, Lakeshore High School, first; Abbigail Monlezun, Covington High School, second; Katie May Taylor, Lakeshore High School, third.
■ 11th Grade – Rebekah Day, Archbishop Hannan High School, first; Darby Murphy, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, second; Sara Gambel, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, third.
■12th Grade – Terrance Collins, Lakeshore High School, first; Kristina Givens, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, second; Maria Alphonso, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, third.

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