Students From 10 states Win Top National Honors
Brooklyn Center, MN--Winners of Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest and their families assembled in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 15 and 16 at the Whit Stephens Jr., Central Arkansas Nature Center. The Award Ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. States across the nation were represented by the attending children who were 1st place winners of their individual states. Adding to the overall excitment was the discovery of whose fish art won the coveted National Awards chosen from all the winning entries.
The Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show Award is the top honor, given to one piece selected as the "best of the best" from all winning entries. The recipent of this award was Christine Clayton, an 11th grader from Sidney, Ohio, with her outstanding painting "Largemouth Bass".
SETH THOMAS SPRADLIN BEST OF SHOW AWARD
The Clayton sisters were the center of attention this year as 8th grader Sarah discovered she was also one of the top award winners. Sarah's beautiful painting of a "Longeared Sunfish" is the 2012 winner of the coveted Art of Conservation™ Stamp Award.
2012 ART OF CONSERVATION STAMP AWARD
“Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor the talented Ohio artist, Sarah Clayton with the 2012 Art of Conservation™ Stamp Award," said Douglas H. Grann, Wildlife Forever president and CEO. “This honor is awarded to the student whose winning design becomes part of the State-Fish Art Stamp Collection. By recognizing the work of students today, we hope to inspire the conservationists of tomorrow."
Sarah's painting is available as a collector’s stamp. Both as a single stamp and a souvenir sheet. Proceeds from sales of the stamp help fund the State-Fish Art Contest. Both versions of this year’s, and past years, stamps can be purchased in the Wildlife Forever’s online store.
The Smile Award is given to a painting selected from all the contest entries that "makes you feel good inside when you see it. You just can't help but smile!" said Karen Hollingsworth, manager of State-0Fish Art. Elyssa Dugaunno, a 5th grader from Northville, Michigan, was the winner with her joyful painting of a young brook trout titled "Small Fry."
2012 SMILE AWARD
A new award this year is the Invader Crusader! The winner is selected from all the entries in the Silent Invader category for which the artist paints not only the designated fish species, but also a designated invasive species. Monika Daniels, a 12th grader from Louisiana, won with her largemouth bass swimming in zebra mussel infested waters.
2012 INVADER CRUSADER AWARD
Obaidullah Alothman, a second grader from North Carolina, took the People’s Choice Award. Voting by the public took place both online and then at the Central Arkansas Nature Center prior to the EXPO Awards Ceremony. Over 6,500 total votes were cast in the contest for this national award!
2012 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
National first, second and third place"TOP 12" awards were given in each of four grade-level divisions.
Top Honors in the new "Mighty Minnows" K-3 grades division went to Sarah Liu of Georgia with her painting "Largemouth Bass.". Second place was awarded to Leon Lu of New Jersey and third place was won by Sohpia Deaver from California.
2012 "TOP 12" 1ST PLACE NATIONAL WINNER GRADES K-3
The 4-6 grade category was topped by Ziche Wang, another talented, young artist from Georgia, with 2nd Place going to Mariya Grabovska from California and third to Cynthia Cao of New Jersey.
2012 "TOP 12" 1ST PLACE NATIONAL WINNER GRADES 4-6
Justas Varpucanskis of Illinois took first place in grades 7-9 with his remarkable walleye painting titled "The Primordial Predator." The second place winner was Anna Resnick of California and third place went to Chris Joa of Washington.
2012 "TOP 12" 1ST PLACE NATIONAL WINNER GRADES 7-9
The grades 10-12 honors went to Christine Clayton the Best of Show winner. Second place was awarded to Dennis Zhang of New Jersey. Abe Sowers from Indiana received third place.
2012 "TOP 12" 2ND PLACE WINNER GRADES 10-12
All 145 state and international winners from 48 states, Canada, South Korea and the Slovek Republic can be viewed at www.statefishart.org.
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest seeks to involve students in the outdoors through art. Students compete in four grade-level divisions: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Deadline for submitting entries to the contest is March 31 each year. Information on the contest is available at: www.statefishart.org.
Wildlife Forever is America's leading all species conservation organization, conserving America's fish and wildlife through education, preservation of habitat and management of all things wild. Learn more at the Wildlife Forever web site.
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