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Michigan Student Wins Jr. Duck Stamp Design Contest
- Subject: Michigan Student Wins Jr. Duck Stamp Design Contest
- From: Christine Manninen <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 08:25:59 -0400
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
- Organization: Great Lakes Commission
Posted on behalf of Rich Greenwood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Michigan Student Wins Top Honors in Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design
Erik Peterson of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, took first prize in
the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service.
Peterson, 18, won with an acrylic painting of an American black
duck. A student at Catholic Central High School in Detroit, he
placed second in last year's contest. His design will become the
1998-99 Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold by the Service's
Federal Duck Stamp Office to stamp collectors and conservationists.
Second place this year went to Rebecca Latham, 18, of Hastings,
Minnesota, for her acrylic painting of redheads. Rebecca is a
home-schooled student whose mother, Karen, owns Nature's Palette,
an art gallery in Hastings. A watercolor of American black ducks
by Sara Hitz, 18, of Jonestown, Pennsylvania, took third place.
Sara is a student at Lebanon Career and Technology Center in
nearby Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Every state, as well as the District of Columbia, participated in
the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest during the
past year. Modeled after the Service's Federal Duck Stamp art
competition, the Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is part of an
innovative educational curriculum that teaches youngsters in
grades K-12 about wetlands and waterfowl conservation.
Creating the Junior Duck Stamp design is a major part of the year
long Junior Duck Stamp curriculum used by educators in their
classrooms. Each state sends Junior Duck Stamp design entries to
a designated point where they are judged by a group of people
active in the local wildlife art or conservation community.
State "Best of Show" winning designs are sent to Washington,
D.C., where three national winners are chosen by a panel of five
judges. Judges in this year's contest were Rick Coleman, chief
of the Service's Division of Refuges; Larry Mellinger, of the
Interior Department's Office of the Solicitor; Scott Sutherland,
director of governmental affairs for Ducks Unlimited; Len
Buckley, a design foreman with the federal Bureau of Engraving
and Printing; and Jim O'Donnell, a museum specialist with the
Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum.
The top three Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners receive a free
trip to Washington, D.C., along with their art teachers and one
of their parents, the following November to be honored at the
Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The first-place winner also receives
a $2,500 scholarship award.
For more information on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp
Conservation Program and Design Contest, contact Program Manager
Margaret Wendy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Duck
Stamp Office, 1849 C Street, NW, Room 2058, Washington, DC
20240; telephone: 202-208-4354.
May 1, 1998
Rachel F. Levin 202-208-5631
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