Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
2018 Idaho Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Winner Announced

April 6, 2018

Contact(s):

Kathleen Hendricks
208-378-5742,
kathleen_hendricks@fws.gov



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Idaho proudly announces the winner of the 2018 Idaho Junior Duck Stamp art competition! Congratulations to Robynn FThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Idaho proudly announces the winner of the 2018 Idaho Junior Duck Stamp art competition! Congratulations to Robynn Flowers, a 12-year-old from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Boise. Her chalk pastel of a Canada goose, “Winter Goose,” was chosen Best of Show among 282 entries statewide. Robynn’s artwork now travels as Idaho’s finalist entry for the national federal judging in Washington, D.C. on April 20th. We wish her good luck!

The Service thanks all students (K-12) who participated in this contest, with special thanks to the teachers and families who encouraged young artists across the State of Idaho to submit entries. The Junior Duck Stamp raises funds to support conservation education programs, and engages youth in wildlife and habitat conservation and outdoor recreation. The winning design is selected at a national art contest, and then is made into a pictorial stamp, similar to the national Federal Duck Stamp for adult competitors.

 

Four other pieces of artwork were among Idaho’s top winners in the First Place Group:

 

Sophia Miramontes
Harlequin duck
"Red Wing"
Medium: acrylic
Sacred Heart Catholic School
Age 13
(Group 3 – grades 7-9)

 

 

 

Jilian Herr
Hawaiian Koloa duck"
"Complicated but Beautiful" Medium: crayon
McSorley Elementary School Age 10
(Group 2 – grades 4-6)

 

 

 

 

Alyssa Murrin
Mallard duck
"Take Off"
Medium: watercolor
Sacred Heart Catholic School
Age 13
(Group 3 – grades 7-9)

 

 

 

Cameron Shaw
Northern pintail
"Pintail"Medium: ink
Meridian High School
Age 16
(Group 4 – grades 10-12)

 

 

 

A second part of this year’s contest was a Conservation Message competition. One message per state also is judged at the national level. Idaho’s winning Conservation Message was written by Molly O’Sullivan, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Boise. Congratulations to Molly!

 

"Nature is eternally beautiful, but unless we protect it, it will not be beautifully eternal."

 

The panel of judges this year included: Ruth Fritz, Designworks Creative

 

Antonia Hedrick, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Rick Just, Idaho Recreation and Tourism Initiative (IRTI)
Liz Urban, Golden Eagle Audubon Society and Bird by Bird Idaho
Martha Wackenhut, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

The Junior Duck Stamp contest is a collaborative effort, hosted by federal and state agencies, organizations, and businesses in Idaho. This successful and important program for youth could not continue without this valuable collaborative support.

 

To see a 25-year gallery of Junior Duck Stamp art (1993-2017), go to:

https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program/junior-duck-stamp-gallery.php

 

For more information about the national federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, go to:

https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program/junior-duck-stamp-contest-information.php


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