NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director
     or
Megan Hartman, senior marketing manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
337-436-9588

Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest
Winners

LAKE CHARLES, La. (February 4, 2011) -The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau recently held a community-wide Mardi Gras Shoebox Float Contest.  Those entering ranged from school groups, clubs and organizations, civic groups and residents of all ages.

Claire and Marlee Musgrove took home first place in the Children's Division.  Emma Istre was awarded second place and Alex McMillan won third place. 

First place winner in the Teen Division was Zaire Bernard Laroussi. Sarah G. Jacobsen took home second place and Claudia Mayo won third.

Capturing first place in the Elementary School Division was Ms. Valentine's Class from Dolby Elementary School.  Ms. Pruitt's Class from Vincent Settlement Elementary landed second place honors and Ms. Carlin's Class from Lake Charles Charter Academy won third.

St. Margaret's Catholic School Art Club members Tara, Sarah, Blake and Aiden took home first place in the School Age Club/Organization Division.  Girl Scout Troop 095 placed second and St. Margaret's Catholic School Art Club members Bud, Bryce and J-Allen placed third.

Kate Smith won first place in the Adult Division and Emeritus at Lake Charles won first place in the Adult Civic Club/Organization Division.

Best of Show was awarded to Ms. Valentine's Class at Dolby Elementary.

Visitors to the center throughout the month of February vote on their favorite shoebox float for the People's Choice Award to be presented on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.

For more information on the contest, visit www.visitlakecharles.org/shoebox, or for details on Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana, visit http://www.swlamardigras.com/.

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