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April 11, 2011                                                                                Contact: Seth Beres, (303)289-0867





Note to Editors:  Pdf File of Winning Artwork Available Upon Request


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced Kal Athannassov, a 16 year old student from Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, took top honors by winning the “Best of Show” in Colorado at the 2011 Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Kal’s artwork was selected from hundreds of amazing entries from across Colorado. His acrylic paint rendition of a Fulvous Whistling Duck, entitled "Before The Storm,” will represent Colorado and be entered at the National Junior Duck Stamp Competition in Washington, D.C. at the end of April.


Entries from Colorado were judged by a panel of waterfowl enthusiasts, biologists and professional wildlife artists. Recognition for all participants and prizes for the top 25 drawings in each of four age groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12) are awarded each year.


This year’s award ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 1-3pm at The Arvada Center for The Performing Arts.  Steve Guertin, the Service’s Regional Director for the Mountain-Prairie Region, will be the keynote speaker and will help honor the winners at the award Ceremony.  All members of the public, including teachers, students, and families are welcome to join the celebration.


First Place winners in all (age) categories:

Best of Show – Kal Athannassov (15), Colorado Springs

1st – Millie Schreibman (17), Greeley

1st – Sarah Morgan (17), Denver

1st - Kal Athannassov (15), Colorado Springs

1st – McKaila Kiernan (15), Ft. Collins

1st – Aspen Pauluhn (15), Minot

1st – Nadya Lyapunova (15), Ft. Collins

1st – Sophia Lovato (12), Monument

1st – Marina Boiko (11) Boulder

1st – Colby Dalrymple (11) Colorado Springs

1st – Liam Reed (9), Boulder

1st – Rohit Pandit (8), Ft. Collins

1st – Kyla Reed (6), Boulder


Second Place winners in all (age) categories:

2nd – Janet Hilty (18), Denver

2nd – Colter Rex (17), Golden

2nd – Laura McAninch (16), Fairplay

2nd – Ksenia Lepikhina (13), Boulder

2nd – Tate Dupon (13), Carr

2nd – Cristina Nagy (13), Colorado Springs

2nd – Turgerel Amgalanbaatar (13), Denver

2nd – Jake Johnson (12), Colorado Springs

2nd – Undarmaa Bandi (11), Denver

2nd – Bailey Wallace (9), Boulder

2nd – Emma Kiernan (9), Ft. Collins

2nd – Connor Dalrymple (9), Colorado Springs


Third Place winners in all (age) categories:

3rd – Emily Bertelson (18), Niwot

3rd – Glory Chitwood (15), Fairplay

3rd – Jordan Wedow (15), Fairplay

3rd – Jaime Gray (15), Colorado Springs

3rd – Sydnee Dupon (15), Carr

3rd – Jacquie Harro (15), Denver

3rd – Austin Weaver (14), Colorado Springs

3rd – Taylor Aguilera (11), Ft. Collins

3rd – Maya Julien (10), Denver

3rd – Mikaela French (9), Boulder

3rd – Adrian Nagy (9), Colorado Springs

3rd – Tate Weltzin (8), Boulder


Honorable Mention winners in all (age) categories:


HM – Katie Tobin (18), Aurora

HM – Summer Trent (17), Glenwood Springs

HM – Ryan Hooper (17), Denver

HM – Jessica Kaufman (17), Denver

HM – Olivia Mandonado (17), Denver

HM – Kaylee Skelton (17), Denver

HM – Hayley Brown (16), Elbert

HM – Alicia Fish (16), Colorado Springs

HM – Jacob Raedil (16), Colorado Springs

HM – Sean Scally (16), Colorado Springs

HM – Hannah Johnson (16), Colorado Springs

HM – Lorel Beck (16), Denver

HM – Greta Erickson (16), Elbert

HM – Micah Levy (15), Arvada

HM – Natasha Lovato (15), Monument

HM – Crysta Alcorn (15), Fairplay

HM – Jason Kipp (15), Fairplay

HM – Billie Margheim (15), Fairplay

HM – Elsa Martinez (15), Fairplay

HM – Sara Rafferty (15), Fairplay

HM – Frances Galgan (15), Colorado Springs

HM – Miranda Mitchell (15), Colorado Springs

HM – Alyson Naftanel (15), Colorado Springs

HM – Ian Gannon (14), Fairplay

HM – Jamie Rainey (14), Colorado Springs

HM – Jaime Silverman (13), Greenwood Village

HM – Madisen Kiernan (13), Ft. Collins

HM – Bryce Dalrymple (13), Colorado Springs

HM – Melody Sutherland (12), Windsor

HM – Kaylie Marcum (12), Colorado Springs

HM – Margaux McFarland (12), Greenwood Village

HM – Anna Dischler (12), Greenwood Village

HM – Elijah Gonzalez (12), Arvada

HM – Maddison Hogan (12), Lafayette

HM – Jonathan Sommer (11), Colorado Springs

HM – Kayla Rondinelli (11), Greenwood Village

HM – Paul Nagy (11), Colorado Springs

HM – Jill Weaver (11), Colorado Springs

HM – Hannah Phillips (11), Elbert

HM – Emily Coleman (11), Greeley

HM – Taylor Baptiste (11), Greeley

HM – Luke Desmond (11), Greeley

HM – Elizabeth Gonzalez (11), Greeley

HM – Marina Howard (11), Greeley

HM – Katrina Mickelson (11), Greeley

HM – Anna Nix (11), Greeley

HM – Jordan Appel (10), Boulder

HM – Dori Deterding (9), Boulder

HM – Zach Fruehauf (9), Boulder

HM – Luke Halpin (9), Boulder

HM – Carter Melton (9), Boulder

HM – Gabriel Dupon (9), Carr

HM – Avonlea Wright (9), Loveland

HM – Madeline Tapp (8), Arvada

HM – Ammon Carwin (8), Boulder

HM – Annabelle Haggard (8), Boulder

HM – Grace Hattendorf (8), Boulder

HM – Hannah Jacobs (8), Boulder

HM – Taylor Johnson (8), Boulder

HM – Maia Parkin (8), Boulder

HM – Mckenna Tuthill (8), Boulder

HM – Angel Vasquez (8), Loveland

HM – Asher Luevano (7), Ft. Collins

HM – Sophie Dupon (6), Carr



The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an educational program designed for all public, private, and home schooled students in grades k-12 to learn more about waterfowl and habitat conservation.  Incorporating scientific and wildlife management principles into visual arts curriculum creates an active awareness of the critical need to protect, preserve and enhance our wetland habitat for waterfowl, migratory songbirds, and the hundreds of other plants and animals that depend on wetlands for their survival.


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