Mayor A.J. Holloway and Biloxi Public Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan on Tuesday recognized the Mardi Gras float builders of tomorrow, the winners of the 16th annual Shoebox Float Contest.
In the program, students from schools in Biloxi use shoe boxes to construct model Mardi Gras floats. The contest, which is designed to help perpetuate the traditions of Carnival, is sponsored by the city, Biloxi Public Schools, Gulf Coast Carnival Association and the Mardi Gras Museum.
Those recognized and awarded certificates, Mardi Gras doubloons and cash prizes were:
First place: Kristion Plummer, Biloxi Junior High; Jade Salazar, Gorneflo (also a first place winner in 2013); Bree Williams, Jeff Davis; Tristan Winston, Lopez; Sydni Wills, Nativity; August Eakes, North Bay; Lexie Lee, Our Lady Of Fatima; and Genna Spiers, Popp’s Ferry.
Second place: Devon Netherland, Biloxi Junior High; Tien Duong, Gorenflo (also a second place in 2013); Jayden Monroe, Jeff Davis; Chelsea Rodolfich, Lopez; Keegan Cuevas, Nativity; Alexis Dumont, North Bay; Emily Overstreet, Our Lady of Fatima; and Valerie Noxon, Popp’s Ferry.
Third place: Roberto Kerezsi, Biloxi Junior High; Alex Jordon, Gorenflo; Sara Nance, Jeff Davis (also a third place winner in 2013); Caleb Bassier, Lopez; Ty Miller, Nativity; Juliann Pugh, North Bay; Lolita Puig-Garcia , Our Lady of Fatima; and Timothy Gallatin, Popp’s Ferry.
See the photos: To see photos of many of the winning entries and the students being recognized at City Hall,