Four students at Rollins Place Elementary were selected as winners in a regional art contest.

Their work was on display Oct. 18 at the Wild Things Youth Art exhibition in conjunction with Wild Things, a family festival hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, a nonprofit membership organization that promotes environmental education and projects, preservation of wildlife and conservation of Louisiana wetlands.

Held at Bayou Lacombe Centre in Lacombe, the art contest is open to ages 5 to 18 in the mediums of drawing and painting, according to Rollins Place art teacher Jessica Cairo.

Benefiting Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, prizes and ribbons are awarded to first-, second- and third-place contestants with honorable mentions receiving ribbons.

“At the Wild Things festival, over 500 pieces of artwork by students throughout the region were on display for the day, and Zachary students were among them,” Cairo said.

According to contest rules, drawings and paintings must represent native Louisiana wildlife indigenous to Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges located throughout southeast Louisiana.

Rollins Place first-grader Nyllah Allen took second place for “Trail of Bunnies” in the age 5-7 drawing category, while second-grader Alisha Belt received honorable mention for her drawing “My Home on the Bayou.”

In the painting category, first-grader Ezra Dupree received an honorable mention ribbon for “Fireflies on the Bayou” as did first-grader Samantha Sanders for “Magnolia: Our State Flower.”

The students’ artwork hangs on display at the school.

“We’re very proud of them and their work,” Cairo says.