Joy Brenneman, a 17 year-old home schooled Senior from Tigard, won Best of Show in Oregon for the 2007 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. Her chalk pastel on suede drawing of a Tundra Swan will represent Oregon in the 2007 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on April 27, 2007.
Joy submitted her artwork with the support of her art instructor Roberta St. Louis. Joy has been attending classes with Ms. St. Louis since September 2006 and this is only her second time drawing using this medium. Ms. St. Louis is a well known instructor and supporter of the Junior Duck Stamp Program. Five entries were received from her students this year and include, the Best of Show for Oregon, one 1st Place, two 2nd Place, and an Honorable Mention winner. Ms. St. Louis' students have been entering this program since 2001 and this will be the third Best of Show credited to one of her students.
Joy has won 1st Place and 2nd Place awards with submissions to the Oregon State Fair. Joy has been accepted to two colleges next year, however she hasn't decided on which to attend. Joy is considering a double major in Art and Literature or a Major in Literature and a Minor in Art. She is supported by her loving family consisting of her parents, one older sister, 2 younger sisters, and 1 younger brother, now 6. Joy's younger brother was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago and thankfully is now in remission. Unfortunately, he is still suffering other side effects of the treatments. Joy was praised recently by her father for her strength and support she gives to her little brother. The title of her entry, "Hope is the thing with Feathers...", the first line of an Emily Dickinson poem, was chosen with thoughts of her brother.
The 1st place winner of the National competition will have his or her artwork portrayed on the 2007-2008 Junior Duck Stamp. With this honor, they will be awarded a $5,000 cash award and free trip to Washington, DC during the summer of 2007 to attend the First Day of Sales Ceremony, along with art teacher, one parent/guardian, and the State Coordinator.
A five judge panel had the challenge of selecting Joy's entry from the record 803 entries received from throughout Oregon. The judging for the Oregon competition was held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Regional Office in Portland on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007. This year's judges were Mark Nebeker, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Fred Paveglio, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Mike Marxen, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Eve Prior, The Nature Conservancy; and Peter Mathios, Freelance Artist. The coordinator for the Oregon competition is Pam Johnson, Administrative Officer for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Newport.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is a nationwide competition, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which integrates art and science in a curriculum that fosters student awareness and appreciation of waterfowl and wetlands through artistic talent. Public, private, and home school students from kindergarten through twelfth grade are encouraged to compete in this unique "conservation through the arts" program. This year makes the 15-year anniversary of the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp.
Junior Duck Stamps can be purchased for $5.00 at the U.S. Postal Service or from Amplex Corporation Consignees. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education, awards and scholarships.
The top 36 results of the Oregon 2007 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition are as follows:
Best of Show: Joy Brenneman, Age 17, St. Louis Art Studio
Stuti Garg, Age 7, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Mira Khare, Age 8, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Crystal Liu, Age 8, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Jessica Xiao, Age 6, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Aanya Khaira, Age 6, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Nimisha Kapur, Age 8, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Felix Tse, Age 4, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Jordan Lei, Age 8, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Taylor Allen, Age 9, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Amy Roluffs, Age 12, Renaissance School of Fine Art
Darwin Mendyke, Age 10, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Foster Thomas, Age 9, Art: Language of the Self
Yixin Zhang, Age 11, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Alea Eason, Age 10, St. Louis Art Studio
Karina Wai, Age 11, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Sherril Wang, Age 11, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Amy Wang, Age 12, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Megan Roluffs, Age 12, Renaissance School of Fine Arts
Andrea Fisher, Age 15, Renaissance School of Fine Arts
Lillian Thomas, Age 12, Art: Language of the Self
Christine Swanson, Age 15, Horizon Christian High School
Rose Shan, Age 14, Sun Century Art Class
Diana Zhu, Age 14, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Jason Wang, Age 14, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Halley Flake, Age 13, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Jayna Lack, Age 14, Hidden Valley High School
Grace McBrearty, Age 13, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Hengxin Cui, Age 15, Sun Century Art Class
Janosz Dewberry, Age 16, St. Louis Art Studio
Erin Connelly, Age 16, Renaissance School of Fine Arts
Gabrielle Shimer, Age 15, St. Louis Art Studio
Eunyoung Ko, Age 16, McMinnville High School
Inka Rein Jungwirth, Age 17, Hidden Valley High School
Julio Martinez, Age 17, Grant Union High School
Song-Yi Roh, Age 18, McMinnville High School
For information, please contact Pam Johnson, Oregon Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator or Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex (541) 867-4550.