2009 Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float Contest Winners

Here are winners of the 19th annual Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float Contest, where elementary school students in Biloxi design replicas of carnival floats.

First-place winners: Courtney Brand, Beauvoir;
Nikolai Konstantinov, Center for New Opportunity;
Lilliana McArthur, Gorneflo;
Reilley Suter-Thallemer, Jeff Davis;
Margarita Olvera, Lopez;
Jolie Kavanagh, Nativity;
Jenny Nguyen, Nichols;
Austin Belcher , North Bay;
Kaylee Lawrence, Our Lady of Fatima; and
Krystal Kearns , Popp’s Ferry;

Second-place winners: Jagger Bosch, Beauvoir;
Destiny Lewis, Center for New Opportunity;
Norasol Gabriel, Jeff Davis;
Olen Lanier, Lopez;
Thomas Pegoda, Nativity;
Cathy Tran, Nichols;
Mirella Rodriguez, North Bay;
Jenna Robinson, Our Lady of Fatima; and
Tara Ramsdell, Popp’s Ferry.

Third-place winners: Kayla Smith, Beauvoir;
Michael Lee, Jeff Davis;
Destinee Broadus, Lopez;
Blair Doyle, Nativity;
Olivia Zorich, North Bay; and
Dakota Rolkosky, Our Lady Of Fatima.

The winners, who received cash prizes and Certificates of Achievement, were recognized during a City Council meeting on Tuesday. The contest, designed to promote interest in Mardi Gras traditions, is sponsored by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Carnival Association and the city.

See the photos

To see photos from the council meeting and to see the winning entries, click here.

Fatima students dominate history drawing contest

Four students from Our Lady of Fatima were chosen as winners from more than 200 students who took part in an art contest that was part of Mississippi Coast History Week.

Those recognized Tuesday at City Hall were Alaina Olsen, William Meynardie, Madison Moak and Kaylee Lawrence.

Students from Grades 1 through 4 submitted drawings that included such topics as the Biloxi Lighthouse, seafood, explorers, the sand beach, parades, pelicans, water and boating.

TThe purpose of this annual event is to promote the awareness of the importance of our local history,” said Jane Shambra of the Biloxi Public Library, one of the sponsoring organizations. “It gives young people an opportunity to research and to learn various aspects of this area’s rich history and to express these concepts in their own artistic fashion.”

The contest is sponsored by the City of Biloxi, the Mississippi Coast Historical and Genealogical Society and the Biloxi Public Library.

Poster winners

The winners from the history week poster contest photographed at City Hall.