LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Nine Louisiana students, including two from Lake Charles, placed in the America's Wetland Foundation art, essay and photo competition.
This year's theme was "Keep your Eye on the Prize." Submissions were aimed at showing the value of Louisiana's wetlands and why they should be saved.
Local winners were 11-year-old Blaydon Richard, a sixth grader at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School in Lake Charles, and 11-year-old Nikolai Karpovs, a fifth grader at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School in Lake Charles.
Richard's entry was a photo titled "Louisiana Beauty." Karpovs' entry was a drawing titled "Geaux Save our Wetlands."
"As we talk about sustaining Louisiana's coast for future generations, it is important that our young people learn the values of our coastal assets, as they will be on the front lines soon in finding innovative ways to adapt for the future, said AWF chairman R. King Milling.
Winners in the competition will receive $500 grants for their classrooms for environmental educational materials and equipment. Winners will also be able to tour the New Orleans Saints training facility in Metairie, La., because the Saints have partnered with the AWF to present this contest.