FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orleans Parish Communication District Announces
2019 9-1-1 Art Contest Award Winners
NEW ORLEANS, LA (December 23, 2019) – The Orleans Parish Communications District is proud to announce its 2019 9-1-1 Art Contest Awards winners.
Students from schools throughout Orleans Parish submitted artwork depicting what 9-1-1 means to them. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were selected for three categories: Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th through 8th grade, and 9th through 12th grade. One grand prize winner was also selected from all submissions.
“We are incredibly proud to carry on this tradition of fostering the talent of young artists within the City of New Orleans,” said OPCD Executive Director, Tyrell Morris. “Through the 9-1-1 Art Contest, not only are we able to help these artists follow their passions, but we are able to work with them to reacquaint the public with the missions of the public safety agencies in our city to help those who need them most. We received some amazing artwork this year and are excited to see the incredible artwork these young artists are able to create in the years to come.”
The 2019 9-1-1 Art Contest winners are listed below:
Sophie Chevis – Ursuline Academy
9th – 12th Grade
1st Place: Cassidy O’Brien – Ursuline Academy
2nd Place: Annabel Beatman – Ursuline Academy
3rd Place: Sydney Cuneo – Ursuline Academy
6th – 8th Grade
1st Place: Azalea Ward – Lake Castle Private School
2nd Place: Madison Johnson – Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary
3rd Place: Pedro Ortiz – Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary
Kindergarten – 5th Grade
1st Place: Taylor Nguyen – Lake Castle Private School
2nd Place: Bella Nguyen – Lake Castle Private School
3rd Place: Landon Pham – Lake Caste Private School
“As the 9-1-1 Art Contest continues to grow and evolve,” continued Morris, “so are the opportunities for us to work within the community to provide contestants with awards that will help them develop their skills, network with other artists, and find out about other opportunities to grow and learn. We are grateful to our sponsors who have not only allowed us to give monetary awards, but scholarships to art programs throughout Orleans Parish.”
Grand prize winner, Sophie Chevis, received a scholarship to the New Orleans Glasswork and Printmaking Studio 2020 Summer Workshop, along with $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for the Ursuline Academy art program.
The Kindergarten – 5th grade and 6th – 8th grade 1st place winners received a scholarship to the Community Works 2020 Summer Arts Program. The 9th – 12th grade 1st place winner received an assistantship with stipend to the same program. All 1st place winners also received $500 awards.
All 2nd place winners received $250 awards, and all 3rd place winners received $150 awards.
The monetary awards were made possible through donations from sponsors, including
About the Orleans Parish Communication District (www.911nola.org)
Formed in 1982, the Orleans Parish Communication District is the PSAP for all emergency communications via 9-1-1, and non-emergency communications via 3-1-1, within Orleans Parish. The agency employs over 150 individuals and provides emergency medical dispatch, emergency fire dispatch, and emergency police dispatch for the millions of annual visitors and residents of the City of New Orleans. OPCD is a member of the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
The Mission of OPCD is to get the Right People to the Right Place at the Right Time, Better than Anybody Else in the World.
Marcus W. Creel, MS
OPCD Public Engagement Manager