The CATS (Capital Area Transit System) and Red Stick Project have announced 9 winners of the ‘Bicentennial Art Contest’, in celebration of Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial, and the history and future of public transportation. The winners were chosen by a panel from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, whom the contest collaborated with for judging, along with the Division of Fine Arts of EBR Parish Schools.
Students from a variety of schools, involving private, public, parochial, charter and home schools were allowed to participate. Associating schools, from elementary to high school included Magnolia Woods, Glen Oaks Park, Dufrocq, Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet, Buchanan, Glasgow Middle, Sherwood Middle, Westdale Middle, McKinley Middle, Baton Rouge Magnet High, McKinley High and Woodlawn High.
Winning art pieces will have the opportunity to be displayed on buses, at bus shelters and in CATS buildings during the holiday season. Submitted art was influenced by STEAM (Science, technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) ideals and included one or more public transportation forms that have been used in Baton Rouge throughout the past 200 years and those that may be in the future as well.
Elementary School Winners
- 1st place: Sofia Baia- 3rd grade, Buchanan
- 2nd place: Sitan Gao- 5th grade, Buchanan
- 3rd place: Youssef Ismaili- 2nd grade, BR FLAIM
Middle School Winners
- 1st place: Loren Myers- 8th grade, Westdale Middle
- 2nd place: Arabelle Betzwieser- 8th grade, Westdale Middle
- 3rd place: Katie Wang- 8th grade, Glasgow Middle
High School Winners
- 1st place: Breanna Russell, 9th grade, Woodlawn High
- 2nd place: Erica Huang, 12th grade, McKinley Senior High
- 3rd place: Selia Jindal 11th grade, Baton Rouge Magnet High
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