2011 Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Competition winners announced
DOVER (April 1, 2011) – On March 21, entries created by students in grades K through 12 from all over the state were judged in the 2011 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Winners will be displayed on Saturday, April 2 during the annual Delaware Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Event at Owens Station in Greenwood.
Maria Ji, a 16-year-old from Wilmington and first place winner for grades 10 through 12, won best of show for her work, "Out of the Fog," an oil painting which depicts a fulvous whistling duck on the water. Her winning Duck Stamp entry will be judged on April 15 in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of the Interior and held this year at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge near Philadelphia.
First place winners are:
Grades K -3: Magdalyn Reb, age 8, Freewater Academy in Felton, created "Swans at Twilight," a colored pencil work featuring trumpeter swans.
Grades 4-6: Tie: Jonathan Kim, age 10, St. Edmonds Academy in Wilmington, used colored pencil and watercolors to portray the northern pintail. Tony Monaco, age 10, Wooden Palette Art Studio in Seaford, a first place winner for K-3 last year, painted "Mallard on the Nanticoke," a watercolor featuring the mallard duck.
Grades 7-9: Nicolas Kary, age 14, Wooden Palette Art Studio in Seaford, painted "Wood Ducks on the Broad Creek," a watercolor depicting wood ducks.
Second place winners are:
Grades K-3: Aaron Reb, age 6, Freewater Academy, Felton
Grades 4-6: Bridget Johnson, age 12, Wooden Palette Studio, Seaford
Grades 7-9: Aaron Howard, age 13, Wooden Palette Studio, Seaford
Grades 10-12: Olivia Xu, age 16, home sponsored, Hockessin
Third place winners are:
Grades K-3: Talon Webb, age 6, home sponsored, Greenwood
Grades 4-6: George "Ged" Pearson, age 9, Wooden Palette Studio, Seaford
Grades 7-9: none
Grades 10-12: Emily Buck, age 16, home sponsored, Bridgeville
Honorable mentions are: Kayla Booros, age 10, of Bridgeville; Bayleigh Carlisle, age 9, of Seaford; Jerald Reb, age 11, of Felton; and Rocklin Reb, age 10, of Felton.
Conservation message winners are:
First place: Emily Buck, age 16, Bridgeville – "The loss of one will affect all, no matter if the lost one seems small – a weak link will break the entire chain."
Second place: Tie: Tony Monaco, age 10, Seaford – "We all need to plan, protect and preserve the wetlands for the future of our waterfowl."
Aaron Howard, age 13, Seaford – "Conservation is important because life is important."
Third place: Nicolas Kary, age 14, Bethel – "Conserve our wetlands, life starts here."
All participants in the 17th annual contest will receive a certificate, while first, second, third and honorable mention will receive ribbons and prizes from sponsors. All are invited to attend the Green Wing event. Entries, which should depict a species chosen from a list of North American waterfowl, were sponsored by teachers, schools, organizations and individuals.
The 2011 Junior Duck Stamp judges for art design were: Bill Whitman, Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Contest founder; Arthur Straughn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bombay Hook; and Kirsten and Hal Snyder, program sponsors, professional photography. The judges for this year's conservation message were: Dave Seveikis, director, Division of Fish and Wildlife, and Terri Cole, program volunteer.
This year's Junior Duck Stamp winners will be on public display at various locations and special events in the year ahead. Currently, the entries are on display at the DuPont Nature Center, now through Wednesday, April 20. The center is located at 2992 Lighthouse Road, east of Milford, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information about displaying the artwork or about the Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Contest, please contact Dawn Webb, contest coordinator, 302-422-1329.