In 2012, the Independence Bowl Foundation started the “Show Your Independence” Art Contest for local elementary students. Kindergarten through fifth grade students in Caddo and Bossier Parishes participated in the first contest, which had the kids draw what the word “Independence” means to them on a customized piece of paper provided to the students by the Bowl.
For 2013, the Bowl expanded the contest to DeSoto Parish, in addition to Caddo and Bossier. In each participating school, a winner from each grade level was selected by the school’s art teachers. The winners of each grade level received four tickets to the 2013 game, and their artwork was on display inside of Independence Stadium.
Additionally, the winners’ artwork was submitted to the school districts, and winners from each of the parishes were chosen from each grade level. Those winners received special recognition during the game.
The “Show Your Independence” Art Contest is sponsored by CiCi’s Pizza on Youree Drive, Willis-Knighton Health System and Shipp Outdoor. The paper used for the contest will be printed and donated by Paragon Press.