Northwestern State is going all-tobacco and e-cigarette-free as of Aug. 1.
NATCHITOCHES – Twelve-year-old Tyler Carson was named Grand Champion of the 2014 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship. Carson’s 9-year-old sister Julia Taylor is the 2014 Non-Championship winner. The two are West Monroe homeschooled students and are students of fiddle teacher Steve Cannon. Both have been playing since they were five years old and were accompanied on guitar by their father, Lendel Taylor.
The Fiddle Championship was a highlight of the 35th annual Natchitoches-Northwestern State University Folk Festival, held on the NSU campus last week. This year’s festival was a celebration of the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial and included music, crafts and cultural exhibits.
In the non-championship category, Julie Taylor played a waltz Cannon wrote especially for her.
Several musicians were honored Saturday with induction into the Louisiana Folklife Center’s Hall of Master Folk Artists, which recognizes contributions to the preservation of Louisiana’s cultural traditions. The induction took place during the 35th annual Natchitoches-Northwestern State University Folk Festival. From left are State Rep. Kenny Cox making presentations to honorees Jeffery Broussard of Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Al Ferrier, Jo-El Sonnier and Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center. Ferrier also served as Honorary Chair of the Festival. Dewey Balfa was posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center’s Hall of Master Folk Artists. His daughter, Christine Balfa, accepted the plaque on his behalf after the main stage performance of her band, Bonsoir, Catin.
Northwestern State University’s cheerleading squad won seven first place awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College Spirit Camp at Texas State University – San Marcos.
The team won first place in cheer competition, sideline competition and game day competition. Northwestern State won the Most Collegiate Award for Division I Large Coed Teams, the overall Camp Champion Award and the Leadership Award. NSU’s mascot, Vic the Demon, was named the top mascot. The squad was second in the fight song competition.
NATCHITOCHES – One of Northwestern State University’s oldest buildings was named a Top 10 Preservation Success Story by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization dedicated to education, preservation and restoration of historic sites and buildings throughout the state. LTHP made the announcement during the Louisiana Annual Preservation Conference, held in Natchitoches this week.
The announcement was made Thursday at the Natchitoches Events Center where the 18-member board of directors for the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation held their annual conference.