High school students show off creativity in Tourism Commission Christmas card contest

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wilson, Maurin, Scott from ESJHS are selection winners


Staff Reporter

LAPLACE- Local high school students will get a chance to show off their artistic abilities around the world thanks to the Second Annual River Parishes Tourist Commission Christmas Card Contest.

Students from Lutcher High, East St. John High, and Hahnville High Schools participated in the contest. The students were asked to depict what South Louisiana looks like and how Christmas is observed in the area.

Many submissions were considered, but winners were, first place, Jacobi Wilson; second place, Jonathon Maurin; and third place, Terri Scott.

All winners were students of East St. John High School. First place winner Jacobi Wilson has moved to Georgia, but he and his family have been notified that his card won the contest. All three winners will have their designs placed on Christmas Cards to be sent out worldwide to promote tourism in the River Parishes.

The designs were judged on simplistic style, clean lines and clever use of imagination. Winners received plaques with their card design on them.

Cards are sent to tourists who have visited the area in the past year as well as being sent to visitor’s bureaus, welcome centers, and convention centers. A total of over 500 cards will be sent.

The River Parishes Tourist Commission’s goal is to promote tourism in the River Region.

Tourism Commission Director Jesse Lambert said that students who participate in contests like this do a lot to help tourism growth.

&#8220These students have a great impact on tourism, economic development and business communities because they help keep our stories and history alive,” Lambert said.