Five students were honored as winners of an essay contest sponsored by Louisiana’s First Lady, Donna Edwards, and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Fifty-one eighth grade students from four parishes submitted essays that discussed style, volume, tempo and cultural influence to compare Joey Alexander’s recording of "My Favorite Things" to a real-life experience. The five winners along with their parents were invited to attend an Evening at the Governor’s Mansion with Joey Alexander, where they had an opportunity to meet the Governor, First Lady, and attend an exclusive concert.
Pictured from left to right: Louisiana First Lady Donna Edwards, Keely Falgout, Maddison Oakes, Breyell Carter, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Joey Alexander, Mary Lucille Stuckey and Caitlyn Martinez.
Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country.” She writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.