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The Daily Advertiser: Middle-schoolers at Ascension Episcopal School strutted down a catwalk in designs made of duct tape, tissue paper, old CDs and drop cloths Thursday.Music played and a large projector displayed a piece of artwork that served as inspiration for each of the seven designs.The models walked toward a team of judges and host of students with camcorders, iPads and other cameras.Teams of media literacy students were paired with teams of visual arts students in a collaboration to document the design process and Thursday’s finale. Some students were tasked with recording the judges as they decided on a winner — all in true "Project Runway"-style.This was the school's first "Design Challenge — Project Runway: Unconventional Materials," and it mimicked the popular TV show from start to finish.First, students took a field trip to the Acadiana Center for the Arts to find inspiration in current exhibits.Each student had to choose a piece of art and turn in a design based on it, visual arts teacher Danielle Bacque said.Then they were placed in groups of four and asked to narrow the designs down to one they would bring to life together. They negotiated and honed communication skills as they determined each person’s position — like model or lead designer.Next came the "working days." Fellow middle-schoolers filmed and photographed them as they cut paper lanterns into skirts and tissue paper into big, colorful feathers.They added final touches after finding accessories at a local thrift shop — much like the accessory wall Tim Gunn advises TV show contestants to "use wisely."They styled their models from head to toe, adding colorful wigs, over-the-top hats and glitter makeup, and sent them down the runway in Coughlin Hall on Ascension's downtown campus.Then each group explained to the judges how the look related to their inspiration and what materials they used and why."We saw a broken lantern and cut it in half and made it a skirt," one boy said.When asked why one group cut a pair of pants into different lengths, a student answered, "We just wanted to make it look different."They succeeded, covering a boy with blue fabric and gold geometric shapes.As one judge put it, "it looks like a mix between a Greek god and an Avenger."The group also accomplished representing the piece that inspired the look."I knew which piece you had chosen more than anyone else," said Bree Sargent, education director at ACA. Judges also looked for details that showed students' style as well as their interpretation of the art."You put your own wearable spin on this abstract artwork," said Ginger Gibson, director of the downtown campus of Ascension."I would totally wear that outfit," local artist and fellow judge Gabrielle Savoy added.Savoy's art at ACA was chosen by two student teams and represented in different ways. Both groups incorporated contrasting black-and-white and bright color aspects in their designs.The winning look covered a dress in tissue paper feathers to recreate the bright rooster from the artwork. Black and white duct tape completed the bottom trim of the dress, representing the stripes of the boy in the picture, and some sparkly details sealed the deal.This won't be the last design challenge at Ascension. Bacque plans to do a different one every year, asking students to design everything from furniture to logos to athletic clothes."There are so many fields of art to cover," she said. "... I like to keep them on their toes."She credits the partnership with teacher Heather Gros and her media literacy class for making Thursday's fashion show happen. Originally the plan was to do "just a little show in our room," Bacque said, "but the momentum grew and grew" into a full-blown runway show for parents and other students.Gros's students will edit the photos and videos and create an episode of the design challenge in the documentary style of "Project Runway."
With great pride and excitement, we are pleased to announce that Ascension senior Ella Sheets has been named a 2019 recipient of the Stamps Scholarship, LSU's top scholarship opportunity for select incoming students of the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College. Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps IV began the scholarship program in 2006 to afford exceptional students an extraordinary higher education experience. The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation gives to over 40 colleges and universities, and LSU Stamps Scholars join approximately 730 other Stamps Scholars from various schools. All LSU Stamps Scholars receive the full cost of attendance for four years, with a maximum of $14,000 for enrichment experiences such as study abroad programs or research opportunities. Congratulations to Ella and her parents Andy and Christy Sheets for this very prestigious award!
The Daily Advertiser: SULPHUR — It certainly wasn’t the prettiest game of Ascension Episcopal’s season.Early inning errors and base-running blunders saw the Blue Gators trailing St. Thomas Aquinas for most of the state semifinal game Wednesday night. Ace pitcher and McNeese signee Sean Michael Brady has been lights out for most of the season, but he didn’t have his best stuff working.Ascension coach Lonny Landry couldn’t put his finger on why it happened — nerves maybe, with six of the starters having never been to the state semifinals. But at the end of a nine-inning thriller, which included giving up a two-run, game-tying home run to St. Thomas Aquinas’ John Blanchard in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Blue Gators stood victorious with an 8-6 win and a trip to face Calvary Baptist in the state finals.