The Zachary High School art department has announced that seniors Claytin Goss and Maya Blitch have received scholarships for their artwork submitted into the 2016 George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts scholarship art contest.

Goss won seventh place overall and a $3,000 scholarship for her watercolor painting, while Blitch won eighth in state and a $2,500 award for her colored pencil drawing.

More than 650 high school students from around Louisiana entered the contest by submitting original works of art centered around this year’s theme: “Louisiana Celebrates Carnival.”

At an awards luncheon in New Orleans on April 16, the finalists, who represent cities including Baton Rouge, DeRidder, Gretna, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marrero, Shreveport and Zachary, accepted their scholarships, had their original artwork on display and were treated to a special presentation by author Wendy Rodrigue.

The GRFA awarded $45,250 in total college scholarships to 10 seniors and six juniors this year.