DELAVAN — Phoenix Middle School students were once again well represented in the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp artwork contest, capturing nearly two-dozen ribbons.
Twenty-two students had their artwork selected as award-winners, including:
- Sixth graders: Naitaly Napodano and Rudolfo Villarreal, first place; sylvia Elliot and Desiree Green, second place; Sophia Brandt-Reinhart, Anthony Huerta-Fonseca and Collette Riviere, third place; Christina Crawford, Juliana Huerta, Myles Lockhart, Josefina Moyotl, Hannia Nevarez Martinez, and Perla Valadez, Honorable Mentions.
- Eighth graders: Mackenzie Janish and Kora Zoe Quinn, second place; Caroline Franklin, third place; and Evelin Apreza, Paola Galvan, Sarahi Perez, Katelynn Riviere, Monserrath Ruvalcaba, and Brenda Sanchez, Honorable Mentions.
Statewide, there were nearly 400 entries submitted from students in kindergarten through grade 12 from schools throughout Wisconsin. The top 100 artists earn recognition for their artwork. The judges this year were Jay Jocham, professional wildlife artist; Nancy Steinback, retired art teacher and volunteer at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge; Ashley Steinke, restoration ecologist; Nels Swenson, public policy chair for Ducks Unlimited; and Larry Schmidt, woodcarver and Friend of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and volunteer.
All 22 of the Phoenix Middle School winners are taught by Phoenix art teacher Hugh Petersen.
Students will have their artwork posted on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp website gallery, and on the organization’s social media pages. The 36 first-place winners from throughout the state will have their entries showcased in two traveling displays from May 2015 to March 2016.
The local award-winners will also be invited to an awards banquet later this year and receive ribbon awards and prizes for their work.
This annual contest was created more than two decades ago to raise awareness and appreciation for wetlands and waterfowl conservation for students in grades K-12. It is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Contest for adult artists. Students create original artwork showing North American ducks, geese, or swans in their natural habitats. First, second, third, and honorable mention awards are given out in four age categories.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service selects a “best of show” piece, which is then produced as a pictorial $5 stamp to recognize the conservation efforts of young people and to support environmental and conservation education programs in the U.S.
The Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge; Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge; Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge; and the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.