Students rewarded for artwork, photographs and essays on saving coastal Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS – Students from Louisiana elementary, middle, and high schools will tour the New Orleans Saints training facility today as a reward for their winning entries in the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) “Keep Your Eye on the Prize” art, photograph and essay competition.

AWF announced the winners, June 17, 2015, for art and photograph entries showing “the value or beauty of Louisiana’s wetlands and/or why they want to save America’s wetland in coastal Louisiana” and for essay submissions that answered the question, “How can we all work as a team to save our vanishing wetlands?”

“We are honored to partner with the New Orleans Saints to offer these students a special experience for their excellent work in ‘Keep Your Eye on the Prize.'” AWF managing director, Val Marmillion, said. “We asked these students to offer insight into the problems facing Louisiana’s coast and they responded with some of the best works we’ve seen in all the years we’ve held this competition.”

AWF partnered with the New Orleans Saints to launch the competition in an on-field presentation at the New Orleans Saints Charity Spotlight Game, Oct. 26, 2014, against the Green Bay Packers. The students visit the facility just ahead of the 2015 NFL season that kicks off August 13 with a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.

In addition to the tour of the facility, teachers of the winning students will receive $500 grants for their classrooms, earmarked for environmental educational materials and equipment.

The judges for the contest were noted photographer, Bevil Knapp, co-author of the photo publication “America’s WETLAND: Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast”; Jean May-Brett of the Louisiana Science Teachers Association and the State Department of Education; Derek Cummiskey, art teacher with the Archdiocese of New Orleans; and Foundation staff.

Cooperating partners who helped promote the contest in the schools include the LSU AgCenter, Youth Wetlands Week, the Louisiana Science Teachers Association, and Louisiana Coastal Roots.

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