JPPSS Students Win Art Awards

Four Jefferson Parish Public School System students won awards for their artwork at the annual “Our History Art Contest” and shared in a total of $5,000 in scholarship dollars.

The four JPPSS students were part of 20 student artists that were named last December as finalists in five categories.

In the 3-5 grade category, Lincoln Elementary School 5th grade student Kelly Caroll’s artwork entitled “Louis Armstrong” earned a second place award.  In the 6-8 grade category, Meisler Middle School 8th grade student Mo Wang’s artwork entitled “Birth of Jazz” earned a third place award.

Thomas Jefferson High School 9th grade student Jeffery Nguyen’s artwork entitled “Walt Whitman: See, Hear, and Am Silent” took first place in the 9-11 grade category and he received a $750 prize. Nguyen was the featured artist on a billboard located in Gretna as part of the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s “Save our Coast – Restore Our Wetlands” contest last year. Nguyen won first place in the same contest last year in the 6-8 grade category.  In the senior category, Thomas Jefferson High School 12th grade student Alexander Oliver’s artwork entitled “Tears of Passage” earned first place and he received a $1,500 prize.

Judging was based on quality of line/application, completeness of composition, expression of art, and originality/creativity of the artwork.  The work of each finalist will be on exhibit at NOMA during the month of February.

The Our History Art Contest is sponsored by Jefferson Cox Communications and the New Orleans Museum of Art.