Thomas Jefferson High Senior Wins Annual Finance Department Art Contest

JPPSS Finance Department Art Contest Winner

Pictured, from left, are JPPSS Chief Financial Officer Sarah Caruso, TJHS senior Kayla Johnson, TJHS teacher Laurie Holley, and TJHS principal Andrew Vincent.

A life-long passion continues to pay in a big way for a Thomas Jefferson High art student.

Senior Kayla Johnson is the winner of the annual Jefferson Parish Public School System Finance Department art contest. Johnson’s artwork will appear on the cover of the school system’s annual financial report, which will be seen by leaders across the district, parish, and state. Johnson also won $100 for herself and $100 for her school’s art program.

“I’ve been drawing since I was in pre-K,” said Johnson. She’s part of the school’s Advanced Placement Studio Art program, which allows students to earn college credit before graduation.

Thomas Jefferson High teacher Laurie Holley started the growing AP art class last school year. She said it is made for students like Johnson.

JPPSS Finance Department Art Contest Winning Artwork

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“She truly connects with her pieces and she supports other students,” said Holley. “She has found her voice and personal style through her artwork.”

This is the third year of the Finance Department’s art contest, which is open to students from all schools and grade levels. Students were asked to submit a piece that portrays both Jefferson Parish and education.