Students, teachers and family members gathered Tuesday evening in the Community Room of the Origin Bank Financial Center to celebrate the result of a coming together of teachers’ guidance and students’ talent during the 10th Annual Earvin Ryland Youth Art Festival presented by the Kiwanis Club of Ruston.
The festival features painting, drawing and other art forms by Lincoln Parish high school students, and painting and drawing by students in grades seven and eight.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Ruston residents enjoyed a night of soulful music performed by Larry Pannell and the Grambling State University Faculty Jazz Ensemble as the Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana hosted Jazzland at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Eldonta’ Osborne, chief professional officer for BGCNLA, said Jazzland is both a fundraiser and an opportunity to show the community who the club is all about.
History teacher at A.E. Phillips Lab School Kristina Kaasab said she is grateful for the opportunity her students were able to experience last week as they toured Washington D.C.
“We took the trip so we could study the city’s history, culture and beauty,” Kaasab said. “We visited so many historical sites like the Smithsonian museums, Washington Monument and Capitol Hill, which helped our students to make real-world connections to what we study in the classroom.”
It was an excellent night for the Ruston Daily Leader as the publication netted 42 awards in the annual Louisiana Press Association Better Newspaper Competition, including winning the sweepstakes awards in the advertising and editorial competitions and also being named Louisiana Newspaper of the Year for its classification.