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Rubicon, Wisconsin Student Wins Best of Show for 2013 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

Region 3, March 29, 2013
17 year-old Drake Schlosser from Rubicon, Wis. won the 2013 Wisconsin Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest best of show with his acrylic painting depicting a common goldeneye shown here.
17 year-old Drake Schlosser from Rubicon, Wis. won the 2013 Wisconsin Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest best of show with his acrylic painting depicting a common goldeneye shown here. - Photo Credit: n/a
The 2013 Wisconsin Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest Judges and Partners display the top five artwork entries at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Pictured from left to right: Dick Roellig- Volunteer with Friends of Necedah Refuge; Katie Goodwin – Visitor Services Manager, Necedah Refuge; Diane Dahl – professional artist; Ashly Steinke – wetland and environmental consultant; Mark Pfost – Private Lands Biologist stationed at Necedah Refuge; Nancy Steinback – retired art teacher and volunteer with Friends of Horicon Refuge; Jay Jocham – wildlife artists; Dave Trudeau – Acting Refuge Manager, Necedah Refuge; Kara Zwickey – Visitor Services Specialist, Necedah Refuge.
The 2013 Wisconsin Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest Judges and Partners display the top five artwork entries at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Pictured from left to right: Dick Roellig- Volunteer with Friends of Necedah Refuge; Katie Goodwin – Visitor Services Manager, Necedah Refuge; Diane Dahl – professional artist; Ashly Steinke – wetland and environmental consultant; Mark Pfost – Private Lands Biologist stationed at Necedah Refuge; Nancy Steinback – retired art teacher and volunteer with Friends of Horicon Refuge; Jay Jocham – wildlife artists; Dave Trudeau – Acting Refuge Manager, Necedah Refuge; Kara Zwickey – Visitor Services Specialist, Necedah Refuge. - Photo Credit: n/a

This year’s Best of Show winner for the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is 17 year-old Drake Schlosser from Rubicon, Wis. Schlosser’s acrylic painting depicting a common goldeneye will be submitted to compete at the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest in April.

Oregon High School student, 16 year-old Tabitha Beckwith, from Oregon, Wis. won the Wisconsin Conservation Message with her statement, “Even an animal so common as a duck still affects it’s ecosystem and has importance in its life. Creating art such as this can make that apparent.” Both the best of show artwork and the conservation message will be used to promote the 2014 WI state contest.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is a dynamic educational program that uses both conservation and design principles as educational methods to teach students in kindergarten through high school about wetland habitats and waterfowl biology. This program provides an opportunity for students across the nation to express their knowledge of North American waterfowl, goose, and swan species through submission of an artwork entry.

The 2013 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest drew 490 entries from students attending 40 different schools. “I continue to be impressed at the ability of Wisconsin’s young wildlife artists’ ability to capture life-like depictions of waterfowl. The entries are breathtaking!” said Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp State Coordinator Katie Goodwin.

“This contest really is the highlight of our year and we feel privileged to be able to share in both the educators’ and students’ hard work in waterfowl and wetland conservation education,” continued Goodwin.

Wisconsin students were required to submit their artwork by March 15, 2013 to state coordinator headquarters at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The artwork was then judged by a panel wildlife and art experts on Friday March 29, 2013 at the refuge. Artwork entries were judged based on original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition, and suitability for reproduction on a one inch by one and a half inch stamp.

This year's judges were a dynamic group of waterfowl enthusiasts, each stemming from various backgrounds. The 2013 Wisconsin judges included:

  • Diane Dahl, professional artist
  • Jay Jocham, professional artist
  • Mark Pfost, Private Lands Biologist stationed at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Nancy Steinback, retired art teacher and volunteer at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
  • Ashly Steinke, wetland and environmental consultant with Foggy Acres Wetlands, LLC.

Schlosser’s Best of Show artwork will compete at the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest April 19 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. This young artist will compete with other student wildlife artists from across the United States, in hopes of their winning entry being made into the National Junior Duck Stamp. Stamps are available for purchase from the U.S. Postal Service, as well as many National Wildlife Refuges for $5.00. Proceeds from stamp sales support conservation education in the form of awards and scholarships for participants.

The top 36 winning entries from the state of Wisconsin have been reproduced and will be showcased in two traveling displays at 17 locations across the state, from May 2013 through March 2014. For a schedule of the traveling display locations, or for additional information about the 2013 contest, please contact Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp State Coordinators, Katie Goodwin or Kara Zwickey, at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge at 608.565.2551 or Necedah@fws.gov.

This contest would not have been possible without the help and support of volunteers and area sponsors including:

  • Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wisconsin Waterfowl Association

Learn more about Necedah National Wildlife Refuge by visiting us online: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/necedah/

Contact Info: Kara Zwickey, 608-565-4412, kara_zwickey@fws.gov