Story and photos by staff reporter Nora Drenner
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” –Edgar Degas
Natchitoches Central High School senior Abigail Woodard has been in the school’s visual arts talent program for two years.
Recently she was recognized for her hard work and artistic flair after taking home the first- place prize in the cover art contest for the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children.
The theme of the recent 2020 conference, the 39th annual, was Let Education Shine at Super Conference 39. Woodard’s task was to create a four- color maximum 8 ½ x 11 portrait depicting the theme.
Top prize for the winning submission was to have the artist’s design on the cover of the council’s conference program and $150. Woodard was the top prize winner.
The Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children is the voice and vison of special education. Its mission is to set the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities.
Exceptional students are those who are gifted and children who have disabilities.
The purpose of exceptional student education is to help each student with an exceptionality to progress in public school and prepare for life after school.
Toni Bennett is director of the Natchitoches Parish School District Special Education program which includes the gifted and talented. Woodard, accompanied by Bennett, trekked to the recent Natchitoches Parish School Board meeting to share her accomplishments with board members.