Fed­eral Ju­nior Duck Stamp com­pe­ti­tion win­ners an­nounced

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice has an­nounced that art­work of a pair of snow geese was se­lected to ap­pear on the 2016-17 Fed­eral Ju­nior Duck Stamp. The de­sign for the new stamp, painted by Stacy Shen, 16, of Fre­mont, Calif., was cho­sen by a panel of judges at the na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp Art Con­test, held at J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge in Sani­bel, Fla.

The col­ored­pen­cil en­try, which won the Cal­i­for­nia State Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­test, was judged the winner among best-of-show en­tries from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands. This year, 27,192 en­tries were sub­mit­ted to the 52 state and ter­ri­tory Ju­nior Duck Stamp con­tests. Pro­ceeds from sales of the $5 Ju­nior Duck Stamp sup­port en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion.

“I con­grat­u­late our win­ning artist and all the tal­ented young peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate in the Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­ser­va­tion and De­sign Pro­gram each year,” Ser­vice Di­rec­tor Dan Ashe said. “As ur­ban­iza­tion ac­cel­er­ates, many Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing many young peo­ple, find it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture. The Ju­nior Duck Stamp Pro­gram re­mains one of the ser­vice’s hall­mark ef­forts to en­gage youth and foster a life­long con­nec­tion with the out­doors.”

Sarah Clay­ton, 18, of Sid­ney, Ohio, took sec­ond place with an oil paint­ing depict­ing a pair of ring-necked ducks. Third place went to Chase Mas­caro, 16, of Slidell, La., for his ren­di­tion of a pair of hooded mer­gansers.

The 2016 Fed­eral Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­ser­va­tion Mes­sage Con­test winner was 18-year-old Cas­sidy Ful­ton of Val­ley City, N.D., who wrote: “Our En­vi­ron­ment, Our Re­spon­si­bil­ity, Our Fu­ture.”

A gallery of all state Best of Show en­tries can be found at https://flic.kr/s/aHskv8LG31.

The Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­test winner re­ceives $1,000. The sec­ond-place winner re­ceives $500, the third-place winner re­ceives $200, and the Con­ser­va­tion-Mes­sage winner re­ceives $200.

The First Day of Sale Cer­e­mony for the 2016-17 Fed­eral and Ju­nior duck stamps will be held June 24, at Bass Pro Shops Out­door World in Spring­field, Mo. It is free and open to the public. Both the fed­eral and ju­nior duck stamp artists will be avail­able to sign stamps, and the U.S. Postal Ser­vice will have a spe­cial can­cel­la­tion for col­lec­tors.

The Fed­eral Ju­nior Duck Stamp Art Con­test is the cul­mi­na­tion of a year-long Ju­nior Duck Stamp con­ser­va­tion pro­gram used by ed­u­ca­tors across the na­tion. The pro­gram’s Ed­u­ca­tors Guide and Youth Guide pro­vide 10 les­son plans with ex­er­cises and ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cus­ing on con­ser­va­tion science, our chang­ing nat­u­ral world, and fun. Sup­ple­men­tal guides fo­cus on home schools and in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion set­tings such as na­ture cen­ters, na­tional wildlife refuges, and af­ter-school pro­grams. The cur­ricu­lum guides are avail­able at fws.gov.

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s County High’s Blake Witt hits a fore­hand dur­ing his 8-3 vic­tory over Eas­ton’s Devin Wil­liams in No. 2 sin­gles last Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

This col­ored pen­cil en­try of snow geese by Stacy Shen, 16, of Fre­mont, Calif., will ap­pear on the 2016-2017 Fed­eral Ju­nior Duck Stamp.

CHRIS KNAUSS

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