W. Feliciana student wins contest

Postcard gets international attention

“When I first met Haley, for her birthday last year, this still blows my mind, she insisted that she not receive any gifts and that everyone come together to make pillowcase dresses to send off to children in Africa.” KELLy Morantine, West Feliciana Parish teacher and the high school’s Interact Club sponsor

A West Feliciana High School senior submitted the winning design for a postcard contest held by Interact, the Rotary International service club for young people.

Haley Lavergne, 18, will be recognized next month during a Rotary Global Peace Forum in Honolulu, one of three peace forums scheduled by the international service organization.

The forum will feature Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, of Myanmar, as the keynote speaker.

Lavergne participates in the West Feliciana Parish school district’s gifted and talented art program, led by teacher Kelly Morantine, who also is the high school’s Interact Club sponsor.

The contest was part of Interact’s 50th anniversary, and entrants were asked to illustrate how Interact contributes to peace and international understanding.

“With the theme being peace through service, I thought if you looked at the world and magnified what it is that’s bringing about world peace, it would be service,” Lavergne said.

The drawing shows a magnifying glass focused on a globe, revealing the hands of teens working together to serve others.

“That’s how I went with the magnifying glass and the world, off center so that it wasn’t the main focus, and the hands represent service,” she said.

“I thought I’d do something iconic that people would recognize and easily get.

“A bunch of tiny peace signs make up the background. It’s really not obvious, but if you look closely, you see them,” Lavergne said.

West Feliciana High’s Interact Club participates in numerous service projects throughout the year, from organizing food drives to raising money for organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“I can’t see it going to anyone other than Haley, because this is right up her alley,” Morantine said.

“When I first met Haley, for her birthday last year, this still blows my mind, she insisted that she not receive any gifts and that everyone come together to make pillowcase dresses to send off to children in Africa,” her teacher said.

“Haley is a very diligent student, always comes into class prepared and always goes far beyond what’s expected.”

During the forum, Lavergne will attend a variety of workshops and other activities.

“We’ll get to mingle with people from all over the world. I’m really excited,” she said.

Her mother, Tonya Lavergne, gets to accompany her.

“We’re really excited. It’ll be neat to go with her and have a girls’ trip,” Lavergne said.