Va. youth wins Na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp Art Con­test

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On Fri­day, April 21, U.S. Sec­re­tary of the In­te­rior Ryan Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice an­nounced a tal­ented young artist from Duffield, Vir­ginia, took top hon­ors at the Na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp Art Con­test.

A pair of trum­peter swans painted by 12-year-old Isaac Schreiber will grace the 2017-2018 Ju­nior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to ed­u­cate and en­gage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wet­lands con­ser­va­tion, and out­door re­cre­ation.

A panel of five judges chose the en­try, painted in acrylic, from among best-of-show en­tries from all 50 states, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands. Isaac’s art­work will be made into the 25th Ju­nior Duck Stamp.

“We have to get more kids out­side and away from all the screens. Pro­grams like the Ju­nior Duck Stamp con­test are great ways to help in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of Teddy Roo­sevelt con­ser­va­tion­ists and out­doors­men and women,” Sec­re­tary Zinke said. “I grew up with a fly rod in one hand and a ri­fle in the other, hunt­ing and fish­ing on our pub­lic lands and wa­ters. My kids had the same op­por­tu­nity and I want to make sure fu­ture gen­er­a­tions do, too. Ev­ery child we reach through this pro­gram is a fu­ture stew­ard and par­tic­i­pant in our pub­lic lands.” The Ju­nior Duck Stamp pro­gram be­gan in 1989 as an ex­ten­sion of the Mi­gra­tory Bird Con­ser­va­tion and Hunt­ing Stamp, com­monly known as the Fed­eral Duck Stamp, and of­fi­cially launched as the na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp art con­test in 1993. It en­cour­ages stu­dents to ex­plore their nat­u­ral world, par­tic­i­pate in out­door re­cre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties, and learn wildlife man­age­ment prin­ci­ples. Some 3,000 Ju­nior Duck Stamps are sold an­nu­ally for $5 each.

Daniel Billings, 16, of Gal­latin, Mis­souri, took se­cond place with an oil paint­ing de­pict­ing a wood duck. Third place went to Rene Chris­tensen, 17, of Nekoosa, Wis­con­sin, for her graphite ren­di­tion of a pair of Canada geese.

The 2017 Fed­eral Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­ser­va­tion Mes­sage Con­test win­ner was 14-year-old Cather­ine Wang from Johns Creek, Ge­or­gia, who wrote: “Con­ser­va­tion is the prom­ise that the chil­dren of to­mor­row will wit­ness the beauty of to­day.” The conser va­tion mes­sage ex­presses the spirit of what stu­dents have learned through class­room dis­cus­sions, re­search, and plan­ning for their Ju­nior Duck Stamp Con­test en­tries.

“I am con­stantly amazed at the ta­lent of all of our Ju­nior Duck Stamp Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants, and this year is no ex­cep­tion,” As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor for Mi­gra­tory Birds Jerome Ford said. “Th­ese young peo­ple ex­press their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for nature elo­quently through their art and their conser va­tion mes­sages.”

A gallery of all state Best of Show

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Eas­ton High’s Kee­gan Bentz steals se­cond base as Kent Is­land’s Jared Pez­zano awaits a throw dur­ing the first in­ning Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The win­ner of the 2017 Na­tional Ju­nior Duck Stamp Art Con­test is Isaac Schreiber, 12, of Duffield, Vir­ginia, for his acrylic paint­ing of a pair of Trum­peter swans.

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