NEW ORLEANS — Four New Orleans middle schools and four middle school students are the winners in this year’s NCAA Middle School Madness and Pinnacle of Fitness programs —essay, mural and fitness contests part of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

The four winners of the essay contest are sixth-grader Tayla Williams and seventh-grader David Moses Jr. of Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Mathematics School; and seventh-graders Caroline Bickerton and Thaddeus Wilson of St. Dominic School. The contest theme was “What is the Power of Service — making a difference in your community?”

The mural contest school winner was Lusher Charter School.

The 2013 Pinnacle of Fitness winning schools were Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School, Lagniappe Academies, Lusher Charter School and McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School.

Each essay winner receives a laptop computer provided by the NCAA. Lusher Charter School will receive two computers and every student at the school will receive an NCAA cinch bag. The mural and essays were displayed during Women’s Final Four weekend Saturday through Tuesday.

A total of 16 New Orleans schools participated in the program with each receiving Wilson basketballs and a basketball rack.

Participating New Orleans schools included Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School, Christian Brothers School, Cohen College Prep Middle School, Edward Hynes Charter School, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, H.C. Schaumburg Elementary School, Intercultural Charter School, James Weldon Johnson Elementary School, Lagniappe Academies, Langston Huges Academy, Lusher Charter School, McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School, McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School, Medard H. Nelson School, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Dominic.