A Look Back at the "Show Your Independence" Art Contest

Before Ohio and ULM took to the gridiron in Independence Stadium this past December, the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl gave elementary school students in Caddo and Bossier Parish school districts an opportunity to win free tickets to the game.

The Bowl introduced the “Show Your Independence” Art Contest to give local elementary school students an opportunity to win four tickets to the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl by creating a picture of what the word “independence” means to them.

More than 200 winners were chosen from each grade level at participating schools. The winners received tickets for them and their families to attend the game, plus their artwork was put on display in the south end zone concourse of Independence Stadium.

Additionally, the school districts gathered all of the winners’ artwork and selected overall district winners from each grade level. The district winners received special recognition 
on the DiamondVision during the game.

LearningRx and CiCi’s Pizza on Youree Dr. sponsored the “Show Your Independence” Art Contest. The winners received prizes from LearningRx and a free buffet from CiCi’s.

Paragon Press printed the contest paper for more than 20,000 elementary school students.

John Cordaro, Assistant Executive Director for Ticketing and Business Operations for the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, came up with the idea for the art contest.

“We look forward to making this art contest a fun tradition within the schools and hopefully expanding it to more students in the future,” Cordaro said. “Anytime you can get children to think about the word ‘independence’ as it relates to their country, it is a good thing.

Sample of art contest artwork“We appreciate our fine sponsors — LearningRx, Cici’s Pizza and Paragon Press — for helping us create this contest in 2012. We are hoping to get even more support next year.”

To see more photos from the "Show Your Independence" Art Contest, click here. Also, check out these pictures from LearningRx!

Those students who received special recognition for their artwork at the parish level:

Bossier Parish School District Winners
GradeSchoolStudent’s Name
KMeadowview ElementaryJayden Cutler
1Sun City ElementaryAleesa Jester
2Platt ElementaryEmma Maynor
3Elm Grove ElementaryAdam Hunter
4Princeton ElementaryKylie Kinney
5Princeton ElementaryTania Hernandez
Caddo Parish School District Winners
KArthur Circle Amy Tong
1Turner ElementaryBrihanna Reed
2Arthur CircleLeenah Yahia
3South HighlandsAshini Modi
4QueensboroughTerris Giles
5A. C. SteereJimmy Banik