Congratulations to the 8th Annual NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest 2016 Winners!

First Place
Jadynn Giles
Grant High School
Pollock, LA
"‘Ripples in the Water"

Second Place
Luke Paille
St. Paul's School
Covington, LA
"A Boy's Never Forgotten Experiences in Louisiana"

Third Place
Bryce Moulton
Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts
Natchitoches, LA
"I AM FROM" and "What Goes On In My Back Yard"





Honorable Mention
Robert Kyte
Ruston High School
Ruston, LA
"Swimming in Louisiana"




Alena Noakes
Grant High School
Dry Prong, LA
"My Poetic Soul and Its Muse"




Kelly O'Neal
Cedar Creek High School
Choudrant, LA
"The World of Cowboys"


Louisiana State Fiddle Championship Winners

2016 Grand Champion: Joanna Calhoun (Photo by Peter Jones)



Winners of the 2016 Fiddle Championship. From left: Joanna Calhoun, Grand Champion; Jeffrey Boone, 2nd Place; Ron Pace, 3rd Place; and Jovalyn Johnson, 4th Place (Photo by Peter Jones)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Fiddle Championship!

Joanna Calhoun, Grand Champion








Jeffrey Boone, 2nd Place








Ron Pace, 3rd Place








Jovalyn Johnson, 4th Place


0-21 Championship Division


1st Place, Joanna Calhoun



22-59 Championship Division


1st Place, Jeffrey Boone
2nd Place, Jovalyn Johnson

60 and above Championship Division
1st Place, Ron Pace



Non Championship Division, 12 and under


1st Place, Julia Chapman
2nd Place, Jacob Christler



Hall of Master Folk Artists

NSU President James Henderson, Sarah Jayde Williams, Martin Nguyen of the Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Blake Castille, Tee Don Landry, and Dr. Shane Rasmussen (Photo by Gary Hardamon)