Celebrating Arts and Science Across the Region: States across the Nation host the Junior Duck Stamp Art and Design Program this month 2011 Contest Schedule - Midwest Region
March 7, 2011
Photos from last year's contest in St. Paul Minnesota
Art Contest - Junior Duck Stamp
Are you or one of your students interested in participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest?
If so, make sure you:
1. Review and print the contest rules and forms.
2. Read the contest rules carefully and make sure you meet the requirements.
3. Begin researching and preparing your entry.
4. Fill in the entry form completely and affix it to the back of your entry.
5. Mail your entry to your state coordinator by March 15th.
It's as simple as that!
Cash prizes will also be awarded:
National 1st Place: $5,000
National 2nd Place: $3,000
National 3rd Place: $2,000
Conservation Message 1st Place: $500
INDIANA - March 26 @ Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge (Award Ceremony May 14)
MICHIGAN - March 24 @ Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Green Point Learning Center
MINNESOTA - March 21 @ Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Awards Ceremony April 16)
IOWA - March 24 @ Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge (Awards Ceremony May 14)
WISCONSIN - March 25 @ Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (Awards Ceremony May 7 at Horicon NWR)
MISSOURI - March 24 @ Big Muddy National Wildlife Refuge Columbia Environmental Research Center
OHIO - March 18 @ Westlake Holiday Inn, Westlake, Ohio
ILLINOIS - March 18 @ Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (Awards Ceremony April 2 at Southern Illinois Museum)
National Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held April 15 at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia!
Honoring Outstanding Educators! These individuals have promoted the use of the Junior Duck Stamp Program curriculum in the classroom to teach children about the importance of conservation, science and America's great outdoors.
March 11, 2011
|Marc Angell, Oak View Middle School
Marc Angell has been the driving force behind the success of the students at Oak View Middle School in Andover, Minnesota since 2002. From the first day of school, Marc contributes his experiences, resources, and vibrant personality. Passion for the outdoors is also evident in his teachings of science. Marc creates unique experiences for his students, including providing hands-on outdoor wood duck box building, duck banding and aquatic invertebrate sampling. He has involved his students in the Junior Duck Stamp Program for the past seven years.. Adding art into science is an easy fit for Marc because it allows the students to engage in detailed observations of the natural world.
Photo Credit: FWS
|Lisa Rodammer, North Elementary School
Birch Run, Michigan
Lisa Rodammer is the art teacher at North Elementary School in Birch Run, Michigan. Her third grade art students have been participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program since 2006. Lisa loves the Junior Duck Stamp Program because students are recognized for their talents locally, and the state and National contests are well organized. She also appreciates that students are returned their artwork after the contest. Her main focus is teaching the students how to draw the anatomical features of the duck or goose, and she encourages them to ask questions and learn more about the species they draw. Through their research, students incorporate seasonal plumage and habitat into their artwork.
Photo Credit: North Elementary School
|Hugh Petersen, Phoenix Middle School
Hugh Petersen, art teacher at Phoenix Middle School in Delavan, Wisconsin has devoted every year since 1995 to encouraging his students to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Program. Petersen started teaching in 1980. He first taught art in western Wisconsin at La Farge School District, then became an art teacher for the New Holstein School District, where he worked for 22 years. Petersen received a Bachelor's degree in Art/Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1980. He was published in the 2005-06 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers and, since 1990, has been a contributing writer to the nation's leading art education magazine Arts & Activities. He enjoys seeing his students' artwork published frequently on Artsonia.com, the world's largest kids' online art museum.
Photo Credit: Phoenix Middle School
|John Protos, Toledo Christian School
In his first year of teaching at Toledo Christian School fourteen years ago, John Protos was introduced by a student's parent to the Junior Duck Stamp Program. John uses photos taken in the local area as reference for the students. This guarantees original artwork, but it also teaches the students about local habitats and the waterfowl that use them. He enjoys the program because it allows students to use multiple artistic media, and gives the students an appreciation of nature and God's wonder.
Photo Credit: Toledo Christian School
|Laurel Adams, New Hebron Christian School
An art teacher at New Hebron Christian School, Laurel Adams has engaged her students in the Junior Duck Stamp Program for five years. Not only does she motivate her students to participate in artistic competitions, but she also assists in coaching the school's track and cross country teams. She is also the coordinator for the school's annual Spring Fling event where student art and music are displayed for parents, and, she sponsors an after school art club for students in grades K-4. She is not only an inspiration to her students, but she is also a great asset to both the school and community.
Photo Credit: New Hebron Christian School
|Ruth Deutmeyer, Clayton Ridge High School
Ruth Deutmeyer is the ninth-twelfth grade art teacher at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg, Iowa. She is in her thirteenth year of helping her students participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Program. She believes it is fitting for her students since they live in close proximity to the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa. They see ducks and geese almost every day and her students are not always aware of the many different species. Through the work they put into their artwork, they become aware of not only the species but their distinctions and colorings. In the classroom, they talk about the preservation of our wildlife and their habitat for future generations. Ruth is supportive of the Junior Duck Stamp Program because she feels that the contest provides good exposure for budding artists. "The Junior Duck Stamp program helps students build character by becoming winners and competitors," she says. "The students receive some very impressive plaques and ribbons to remember that hard work and attention to detail pays off."
Photo Credit: Clayton Ridge High School
|Dorlene Meneely, Chillicothe High School
Dorlene Meneely is the visual arts teacher at Chillicothe High School and has engaged her students in the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Program for multiple years. Her energy and promotion of creativity shows in every piece of artwork submitted by her students, many of which have been Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners in past years. The diversity in her students' artwork shows they have an understanding of the habitat needs of waterfowl, a true testament to Dorlene's enthusiasm for education.
Photo Credit: Chillicothe High School
Duck Banding with Oak View Middle School
Photo Credit: USFWS