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Missouri Junior Duck Stamp winning artists presented with first place prizes
Midwest Region, June 30, 2009
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From left to right: Sierra, Clint, and Savannah Chappell hold up their first place awards with pride.
From left to right: Sierra, Clint, and Savannah Chappell hold up their first place awards with pride. - Photo Credit: n/a
Conservation Federation of Missouri president Glenn Chambers shares words of wisdom with the 2009 first place Missouri Junior Duck Stamp winners.
Conservation Federation of Missouri president Glenn Chambers shares words of wisdom with the 2009 first place Missouri Junior Duck Stamp winners. - Photo Credit: n/a

The 2009 Missouri Junior Duck Stamp first place winning artists were reunited on June 30 for an awards ceremony at the Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City. At the ceremony, the winners were awarded with their long awaited first place prize money courtesy of Bass Pro Shops.

Approximately 45 people attended, including eight of the twelve winners. The artists were encouraged to invite friends, family and teachers to the event. Judges, volunteers and staff of the MDC, FWS and Lake Arts Council were also welcome.

Big Muddy NFWR park ranger and coordinator of Missouri’s Junior Duck Stamp program in Missouri, Tim Haller, and refuge manager, Tom Bell, spoke on behalf of the FWS and presented each winner with a certificate and a reusable tote bag. The prize money was awarded to the winners by Lake Arts Council president Doris Dace.

The winning artists were selected from 660 entries from across the state during the contest held April 2, 2009.  Each first place winner received a $50 award and the best of show winner, Rebekah Nastav of Amoret, Missouri, received a $500 award. Nastav also went on to compete at the national competition in Washington D.C. where she placed third in the nation among 50 best of show entries.

The winning artwork at the national contest is made into an official Junior Duck collector’s stamp which can be purchased at www.duckstamp.com. Sales of Junior Duck Stamps go back into environmental education and support for the Junior Duck Stamp program.

Conservation Federation of Missouri President Glenn Chambers, a judge of the Junior Duck Stamp artwork, gave the crowd his perspective on the contest and advice to current and future participants in the program. Chambers, being a photographer and artist himself, related with the group on the time and dedication it takes to create a piece of art. He let the artists know what judges are looking for in the winning artwork, but also reminded them that the process is what the contest is all about.

“Whether their artwork is deemed first place material or not placed at all, students are able to get outdoors and learn about conservation while observing waterfowl in their natural habitat,” Haller added to Chamber’s speech. “It’s a beneficial program to all.”    


Contact Info: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799, tim_haller@fws.gov



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