Riverdale High Students Sweep First Place Honors in Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest

Riverdale High School art students made history at the prestigious George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Art Contest. Among the four Riverdale students who placed as finalists in the contest, Sterling Anderson and Skyla Blady placed first in the senior and junior division, respectively. It marked the first time both top spots went to students from the same school.

Anderson earned a $6,000 scholarship for claiming first place in the senior division. Along with earning a cash prize of $1,250 for winning the junior division, Blady’s piece also was selected to be used as a special poster to be sold at the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, Louisiana Zydeco Festival, Congo Square Rhythms Festival, and Fiesta Latina. Sales from her poster will benefit the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

Riverdale High’s Alexis Interiano earned ninth place and s $2,000 scholarship in the senior division. Queen Johnson took fourth place and a $500 cash prize in the junior division.

In addition to their winnings, each student received a $250 gift card towards the purchase of art supplies, a Blue Dog print, and a signed copy of a book by Wendy Rodrigue.

These students’ art instructor at RHS is the school’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year Kimberly Robinson.

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts provides $45,000 in college scholarships and awards to students whose artwork best represents Louisiana’s unique musical style and heritage.