May 3, 2013 - StaffThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the winners of the 2013 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program. More than 540 entries were received.
The Best of Show artwork was painted by Bailey Schupp, 12, of Pinedale. Her artwork, an oil painting of a male bufflehead, will advance to the 2013 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held April 19 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepardstown, W.V.
Jessie Weiss of Lander earned an honorable mention in the grades 7-9 division of the contest.
The first place art from the national contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for $5 from the U.S. Postal Service, Amplex Corporation and from many National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools.
The contest was judged in four age groups, Group I included grades K-3; Group II, grades 4-6; Group III, grades 7-9; and Group IV, grades 10-12.
Students submitted artwork featuring the following native North American species: whistling ducks, swans, geese, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails or Hawaiian ducks.
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