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PACIFIC SOUTHWEST REGION: 14-Year Old Student from Fremont Wins Best of Show at 2013 California Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Region 8, March 28, 2013
The Best of Show winning entry, featuring two red-breasted mergansers, by 14-year old student artist Ariana Chen, of Fremont.
The Best of Show winning entry, featuring two red-breasted mergansers, by 14-year old student artist Ariana Chen, of Fremont. - Photo Credit: n/a
Pacific Southwest Regional Director Ren Lohoefener and other judges from the 23rd Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest choose Best of Show.
Pacific Southwest Regional Director Ren Lohoefener and other judges from the 23rd Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest choose Best of Show. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Michael Woodbridge

On March 28, ten judges gathered at the Memorial Hall in Willows for a day of viewing and evaluating more than 4,000 images of waterfowl drawn by school-aged artists from across the state of California. At the end of the day, 14-year old student artist Ariana Chen, of Fremont’s Peng Art Studio, won Best of Show at the 23rd Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The image, titled “Just Passing Through,” features a pair of red-breasted mergansers.

Chen’s artwork will be California’s submission for the National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest on April 19, in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The national winner’s design will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

In California, the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is coordinated by Lora Haller and facilitated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC). A panel of 10 judges spent the day selecting 100 winners out of 4,064 entries. The artwork was judged in four age groups organized by grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. From these groups, three first, three second, three third place, and 16 honorable mention winners were chosen.

In addition to the art, three conservation messages were selected from each age group. These messages were submitted on the artwork entry form and judged for originality, understanding of wetland and waterfowl conservation, and inspiration. All 100 winning artwork entries and 12 winning conservation messages will be on display at various events in California throughout the year.

This year’s judges included: Ren Lohoefener, Pacific Southwest Regional Director, Bart McDermott, Stone Lakes NWR Refuge Manager; Ann Morkill, San Francisco Bay NWRC Project Leader; Miriam Morrill, USFWS Fire Management Specialist; John Carlson Jr., California Waterfowl CEO/President; Sylvia Done, California Waterfowl Associate Vice President of Fund & Membership Development; Bob Shaffer, Central Valley Joint Venture Coordinator; Rich Radigonda, artist; Kateryna Elson, artist; and Greg Mensik, former Sacramento NWRC Deputy Project Leader.

According to Junior Duck Stamp judge and Regional Director Ren Lohoefener, “This has far exceeded our expectations. This is truly a great event. It’s great for kids. It’s great for conservation.”

Volunteers from the Sacramento NWRC, California Waterfowl, and other partner organizations worked on the daunting task of laying out all the artwork, tallying scores, and recording the 100 winners. Sponsors of the event include: Audubon California; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Outdoor California; California Department of Water Resources; California Rice Commission; California Waterfowl; Central Valley Joint Venture; Ducks Unlimited; Grasslands Water District; Lucky Seven Duck Club; Lundberg Family Farm; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Pacific Flyway Decoy Association; Sunrise Farms Duck Club; Tulare Basin Wetlands Association; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum with participants completing a Junior Duck Stamp design as their visual “term papers.”

The Junior Duck Stamp Program has increased in popularity significantly since its inception in 1989 and moreover since the implementation of a national art contest and stamp in 1993. The program was recognized by Congress in 1994, when the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act was enacted. In 2000, Congress reauthorized the program and expanded it from 17 states to include student participants in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

The 2013 California Junior Duck Stamp winners listed by group, place, student name, age and city:

 
I 1 MARISA BIST, 7, IRVINE
I 1 JERRY YUAN, 7, FEMONT
I 1 MICHELLE ZHAO, 9, FREMONT
I 2 EVA GREINIC, 7, ROSEVILLE
I 2 ALAND LIU. 9. FREMONT
I 2 CATHERINE ZHENG, 8, FREMONT
I 3 DAVID GINZBURG, 7, ROSEVILLE
I 3 ELIZA HAGY, 8, ROSEVILLE
I 3 MICHELLE LIU, 9, SAN JOSE
I H ARINA ALOIAN, 7, ROSEVILLE
I H BELLE BAO, 6, CORONA
I H SHREYA CHANDRASHEKAR, 8, CUPERTINO
I H ARAMI COLMAN, 8, DAVIS
I H GLORIA DEDYK, 7, SACRAMENTO
I H XINYUE DUAN, 8, ALBANY
I H AMELIE FU, 8, IRVINE
I H BIANCA GARCIA. 8. WOODLAND
I H ELIZABETH LOBKO, 8, ROSEVILLE
I H ANNA MAAGDENBERG, 8, SACRAMENTO
I H NIKITA NIKITSKIY, 6, SACRAMENTO
I H TINA POPAT, 9, ROSEVILLE
I H CHINYOUNG SHAO, 7, SAN JOSE
I H VALERIA SILLAS, 8, WILLIAMS
I H RACHEL ZHANG, 9, ALBANY
I H ALEXIA ZHILOVSKIY, 8, SACRAMENTO 
 
II 1 ALBERT PEI, 12, UNION CITY
II 1 RACHEL SHEN, 10, FREMENT
II 1 ANN ZHAO, 11, FREMONT
II 2 MASHA ELSON, 12, CHICO
II 2 ISABEL HU, 10, FREMONT
II 2 ZINNIA SAHA, 11, CUPERTINO
II 3 ROSELENE CHEN, 11, FREMONT
II 3 SOPHIA DU, 11, FREMONT
II 3 SALLY QIU, 11, CORONA
II H SARAH CHUNG, 12, IRVINE
II H JANET CUI, 10, FREMONT
II H DMITRY GOROBCHUK, 11, ROSEVILLE
II H HAE WON JUNG, 11, BUENA PARK
II H DENNIS KAGOUNKIN, 10, SACRAMENTO
II H LOLA KNIGHT, 9, IRVINE
II H FAYEZ KOBEISSY, 11, IRVINE
II H JULIAN LARA, 11, FILLMORE
II H EUN MIN LEE, 12, BUENA PARK
II H EMILY LIU, 10, FREMONT
II H NOEM MELKONYAN, 9, SACRAMENTO
II H VICTORIA NEVEROV, 10, ROSEVILLE
II H MARK OGOLENKO, 11, ROSEVILLE
II H JENNIFER PARK, 11, IRVINE
II H JUSTIN PHAN, 11, SAN JOSE
II H VIKTORIA SHCHEDROV, ROSEVILLE

III 1 ARIANA CHEN, 14, FREMONT

III 1 ALICE FENG, 14, FREMONT
III 1 CLIFF LIU, 14, FREMONT
III 2 ALLISON DU, 14, FREMONT
III 2 FELICIA WANG, 13, CASTRO VALLEY
III 2 JESSICA YANG, 14, CUPERINO
III 3 ERICA WANG, 13, CASTRO VALLEY
III 3 CHRISTOPHER WEI, 13, PLEASANTON
III 3 BELINDA YAN, 14, SAN JOSE
III H MYO JUNG CHO, 16, LA CRESCENTA
III H GRACE CUI, 12, FREMONT
III H PAULINA GARCIA, 13, FILLMORE
III H MELISSA HE, 13, SAN JOSE
III H MORGAN JAMES, 13, CLOVIS
III H HYEMIN JANG, 13, LA CRESCENTA
III H MINJI MONICA LEE, 12, IRVINE
III H THEODORA PETROVICH, 12, ROSEVILLE
III H STACY SHEN, 13, FREMENT
III H KELLY SITU, 12, ALBANY
III H CHELSEA TONG, 14, FREMONT
III H SHARON YAN, 13, SAN JOSE
III H JENNIFER YU, 13, FREMONT
III H DANIEL ZEAKOVI, 14, ROSEVILLE
III H JINGYU ZHANG, 13, SAN JOSE
III H MICHELLE ZHAO, 13, FREMONT
III H TORI ZHIRKOV, 12, ROSEVILLE
 
IV 1 JACQUELINE GE, 15, FREMONT
IV 1 KRISTEN MATSUNO, 17, SARATOGA
IV 1 MELISSA WU, 17, FREMONT
IV 2 CATHY TRIPP, 17, FREMONT
IV 2 WILLOW YANG, 14, CASTRO VALLEY
IV 2 JEFFERY ZHANG CHENCHEN LI
IV 3 HYUNSU HWANG, 17, CYPRESS
IV 3 JESSICA JI, 16, CAMPBELL
IV 3 ELIZABETH RICHARDSON, 15, SACRAMENTO
IV H ALEKSANDER AVANOV, 17, SACRAMENTO
IV H CHEYENNE CHEN, 16, FREMONT
IV H ANNA DAVIS, 15, PALO CEDRO
IV H PAULINA GARCIA, 17, SACRAMENTO
IV H MICHELLE HIATT, 17, MODESTO
IV H TAYLOR KINKEL, 16, SACRAMENTO
IV H SHIRLEY LI, 15, CAMPBELL
IV H LINGXUAN LI, 15, ALBANY
IV H MALAYA NERI, 16, IRVINE
IV H KATIE PELZMAN, 17, SACRAMENTO
IV H RYLIE PRINGLE, 16, PALO CEDRO
IV H MARIYAM SADYROVA, 16, SACRAMENTO
IV H MICHELLE TU, 17, FREMONT
IV H DAVID ZHANG, 16, SAN JOSE
IV H DAVID ZHOU, 17, FREMONT
 

For more information on this year’s contest, contact Lora Haller at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex: (530) 934-2801.

See a video collage of some of this year's submissions: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=512354368822200

Michael Woodbridge is a Public Affairs Officer at the Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Sacramento, California.

 

Contact Info: Michael Woodbridge, 916-978-4445, michael_woodbridge@fws.gov