2017 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Student Art Competition Winners
Rayen Kang, 17, from the First Fine Art & Design Studio in Johns Creek, Georgia, is this year’s winner of the annual Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. Five judges unanimously selected her acrylic rendition of an American wigeon as the Georgia Best of Show. The contest was held April 11 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta. Kang receives a $175 scholarship from Georgia Power, a long-time sponsor of the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Program, as well as a certificate and ribbon. As Georgia’s Best of Show, Kang’s original artwork will compete in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest being held Friday, April 21, at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, South Carolina.
This year, 574 Junior Duck Stamp entries were submitted statewide from 10 different public and private schools, home schools, and art studios. Rayen Kang’s winning entry was submitted through her art teacher Zhi Qu at First Fine Art & Design Studio. A panel of judges selected for their expertise in artistic design, wildlife art, and waterfowl biology decided the contest winners. the c A total of 100 winners were selected, 25 in each of four age groups: Kindergarten to third grade, fourth to sixth grade, seventh to ninth grade and 10th to 12th grade, as well as the state’s Best of Show. Three First Place, three Second Place, three Third Place and 16 Honorable Mention winners were chosen in each of the four categories. The Best of Show was selected from among the First Place winners.
This year’s judges included: Greg Balkcom, waterfowl biologist with Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Jim Ozier, Senior Environmental Analyst, Georgia Power; Jack Arnold, Deputy Assistant Director of Ecological Services, Southeast Region USFWS; Sue Cielinski, Assistant Refuge Supervisor, Southeast Region USFWS and Nicole Adimey, Southeast Region Coordinator, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, USFWS.
Prizes and ribbons also are given for the best student conservation message that expresses the spirit of what they learned while researching and planning for their Duck Stamp Contest artwork entry. This year’s winning conservation message was submitted by Catherine Wang, 14, from First Fine Art & Design Academy in Johns Creek: “Conservation is the promise that the children of tomorrow will witness the beauty of today.”
Junior Duck Stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation consignees for $5 per stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education, and provide awards and scholarships for students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program. Donations to the Junior Duck Stamp Program can also be made through purchases on Amazon.com.
The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is open to all youth in grades Kindergarten through Twelfth grade. All participants receive a certificate of appreciation. To learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, visit https://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php.
For further information about the Junior Duck Stamp contest or the Fish and Wildlife Service, please contact Georgia Coordinator Carmen Simonton in the Division of Migratory Birds, (404) 679-7070 or by e-mail at Carmen_Simonton@fws.gov.
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