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Vermilion Parish student one of three finalist for songwriting competition

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Posted at 10:35 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 11:39:52-05

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) announced today the three finalists for its inaugural songwriting competition.

A panel of celebrity judges including Anders Osborne, David Shaw, Lauren Daigle, PJ Morton, Tank Ball, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and more selected 3 finalists to share $10,000 in college scholarships.

Following the Scholarship Awards Luncheon on March 21, 2020, the three finalists will have a chance to record their winning songs under the mentorship of Grammy winning producers and engineers, and then perform their song on stage during the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s annual “Shorty Fest” benefit concert during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

2020 Songwriting Contest Finalists:

Ethan Hunt - Senior at Vermillion Catholic High School, Abbeville, LA

Grace Russell - Senior at Mandeville High School, Mandeville, LA

Emma LeCompte - Senior at Vandebilt Catholic High School, Houma, LA

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GRFA”s Art Contest finalists were announced last month – five juniors and 10 seniors who will share $45,000 in college scholarships.

Following the Scholarship Awards Luncheon on March 21, 2020, the 15 winning entries will travel on public view for one year as an exhibition at museums and cultural venues across Louisiana. Finalists for the inaugural songwriting competition will be announced at a later date.

2020 Art Contest Finalists:

  1. Brooks Ritter, Senior, Southside High School, Youngsville
  2. Dustin Delgado, Senior, Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies, Gretna
  3. Ethan Diliberto, Senior, Christ Episcopal School, Covington
  4. Malachi Long, Senior, Senior West Ouachita High School, West Monroe
  5. Mary Usher, Senior, St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge
  6. Jeffrey Lowe, Senior, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport
  7. Nathan Ranel, Senior, Denham Springs High School, Denham Spring
  8. Madeline McHugh, Senior, St. Thomas More High School, Lafayette
  9. Sloan Hall, Senior, Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport
  10. Zoe Treitler, Senior, Lakeshore High School, Mandeville
  11. Elise Theriot, Junior, St. Thomas More High School, Lafayette
  12. Morrah Burton-Edwards, Junior, Lusher Charter School, New Orleans
  13. Gabriel Davis, Junior, Riverdale High School, Jefferson
  14. Diana Mayer, Junior, St. Thomas More High School, Lafayette
  15. Maggie Cassuto, Junior, West Ouachita High School, West Monroe