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Junior Duck Stamp Program

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A note from the Kansas coordinator   2015 winners   Exhibit Schedule

    The United States Fish & Wildlife Service and The Coleman Company, Inc. co-sponsor the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program for Kansas.  Twenty-five ribbons are awarded in each of four age groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12). The State's Best of Show represents Kansas at the National Competition (see below).

    This educational program is designed for all public, private, parochial and home-schooled students in grades kindergarten through 12 to learn more about conservation through the arts. Incorporating scientific and wildlife management principles into a 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. State and national recognition of students, teachers, and schools can be gained while increasing the students' understanding of waterfowl and their wetland habitats by having them participate in the stamp design contest. Eligible species are any North American migratory waterfowl (swan, duck or goose), Hawaiian Koloa, Laysan Duck or Nene. Many students thoroughly research their topic to provide themselves with better background information and assist them with their project.

Kansas joined the state competition in 1992.

   Money raised by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps funds the purchase and leasing of waterfowl habitat.  Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $750 million that has been used to preserve over 5.3 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the United States. Many of the more than 550 national wildlife refuges have been paid for all or in part by Duck Stamp money. Federal Duck Stamps are sold for $15 in many post offices across the country. You can also buy Federal and Junior Duck Stamps on the Internet and at many sporting goods and outdoor-gear stores.  The money raised from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps funds scholarships and promotes conservation education.

   More information on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp program may be found on their web site: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm      

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Dear Educators:

Draw a duck and win a trip to Washington, D.C.!  What a deal!

The national winner of the Junior Duck Stamp contest wins a free trip to Washington, D.C., along with a $1,000 scholarship. A pretty amazing prize package for drawing a picture of a duck! Of course, while only one lucky student will receive this honor, every K-12th grade student in Kansas - and the U.S. - has the opportunity to paint or draw their favorite duck, goose, or swan and vie for the top spot.

The Top 100 winners in Kansas - 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention winners - will receive a congratulatory prize package, plus ribbon and certificates. Everyone who submits an entry receives certificates of participation and appreciation.

Draw a duck (or goose or swan) and maybe YOU can win the trip to Washington, D.C. and the $1,000 scholarship. You can't win if you don't draw!  Don't delay - the deadline for submitting your Junior Duck Stamp entry is March 15, 2016!

   The deadline for submitting an entry for 
  the 2016 Junior Duck Stamp contest is March 15, 2016.

For an idea how the competition works, click this icon Click here to download the 2015 Junior Duck Stamp brochure. to download the 2015 brochure.
(NOTE: The file size is 2.1 megabytes, which can be a lengthy download on a slow connection.)

Complete information on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp program may be found on their web site: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm

Contact Barry Jones (see below) if you live in Kansas and want further information.
If you do not live in Kansas, find your state coordinator by clicking here.

(On a Windows system, the best way to download the file is to right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" to save it to your hard drive, then open it from there.  You will need Acrobat Reader to view this file.  If you don't have that software already, you can get it for free from Adobe.)

JUDGING THE ENTRIES
Our panel of judges chooses three 1st place, three 2nd place, three 3rd place, and 16 Honorable Mention entries for each of the 4 age groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12) for a total of 100 awardees.

ALL original artwork (except the Best of Show, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention winners) is returned by mid-April. Every student who submitted an entry will receive a certificate of participation.

The Best of Show original artwork is sent to Washington D.C. for the national competition, then becomes part of the national travelling exhibit and is not returned until June of the following year.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive their original artwork, ribbon, certificate, and a small prize package at an award ceremony beginning at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 2 at the Great Plains Nature Center.  The artwork, ribbon, certificate, and prizes will be mailed to those unable to attend the award ceremony.  The top Conservation Message winner (see below) will also be invited to the award ceremony on May 2.

The 64 Honorable Mention winners will receive their original artwork, ribbon, and certificate no later than the end of April.

Color copies of the Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention winners will be made and they will be displayed at various venues around the state, including the State Fair.

Please contact me if you have any questions. 

- Barry Jones -
Kansas Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
1434 NE 80th Street
Stafford, KS 67578
620-486-2393Quivira NWR
1434 NE 80th Street
Stafford, KS 67578
620-486-2393

For the 2015 competition, 635 pieces of artwork were submitted from 596 Kansas public school students, 18 private school students, 10 home school or home project students and 11 art studio students. Entries were submitted in 4 age categories (Group 1: K-3rd grade; Group II: 4th - 6th grade; Group III: 7th - 9th grade; and Group IV: 10th - 12th grade).

These entries were judged by a panel of waterfowl enthusiasts, professionals and artists.

Judges for 2015:
Marc Murrell - Manager, Great Plains Nature Center
Jeremy Alessi - Financial Advisor & Artist
Mike Miller - Information Production Section chief, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Mary Werner - Newman University, Director of Visual Arts
Rachel Laubhan - Biologist, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Billie Spears, an 18-year old from Osborne,
captured “Best of Show” honors for Kansas in the judging on
Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Her colored pencil drawing of a Wood Duck drake will represent Kansas in the national Junior Duck Stamp competition on April 17, 2015 at the US Fish & Wildlife Service's National Conservation and Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Billie's entry will compete alongside the other 49 states’ “Best of Show” entries.

The first place national winner receives a $1,000 scholarship, a free trip to Washington D.C., and has his or her entry made into the current year's Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold nationwide. Proceeds from the sale of the $5.00 stamp go to fund conservation education and art scholarships.

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2015 Kansas Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit Tour Schedule

bulletChaplin Nature Center - Arkansas City
April 17 May 27
bulletPratt Education Center - Pratt
May 5 August 21
bulletTopeka Public Library - Topeka
June 8 July 6
bulletPrairie Park Nature Center - Lawrence
June 8 July 6
bulletLee Richardson Zoo Garden City
July 23 August 21
bulletKansas State Fair - Hutchinson
September 5 14

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The Kansas Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners for 2015:

GROUP 1 (K-3rd grades)

  Student's Name Teacher/Parent School/Town
1st Place winners Andrew Roush Gayle Clayborn Gayle Clayborn Art Instructing/
Wichita
  Anna Strickbine Rebekah Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
  Madeline Swilley Jacqueline Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
2nd Place winners Brooklyn Fisher Katie Morris Pauline Central Primary/Topeka
  Emily Galusha Christina Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
  Von Woleslagel Leann Woleslagel Home Project/Hutchinson
3rd Place winners Karlee Horyna Taylor Lynch Wanamaker Elem./Topeka
  Eli McGinnis Rebecca McGinnis Home Project/Pleasanton
  Hannah Roush Gayle Clayborn Gayle Clayborn Art Instructing/
Wichita
GROUP 2 (4-6th grades)
  Student's Name Teacher/Parent School/Town
1st Place winners Margaret McMullen Liz McMullen Home Project/Wichita
  Jiyoon Park Denise Ash Indian Hills Elem./Topeka
  Rebekah Strickbine Rebekah Stockton Private Art Lessons/Wichita
2nd Place winners Kyndra McGinley Taylor Lynch Wanamaker Elem./Topeka
  Rylee McGinnis Rebecca McGinnis Home Project/Pleasanton
  Karl Woleslagel Leann Woleslagel Home Project/Hutchinson
3rd Place winners Sam Galusha Christina Stockton Private Art Lessons/Wichita
  Sydney Rohlman Jeralyn Hill St. Patrick Catholic School/Kingman
  Trinity Roney Denise Ash Indian Hills Elem./Topeka
GROUP 3 (7-9th grades)
  Student's Name Teacher/Parent School/Town
1st Place winners Rachel Cox Jacqueline Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
  Makenna Karp L. Ryan Hendricks Maize South Middle School/Maize
  Heather Woleslagel Leann Woleslagel Home Project/Hutchinson
2nd Place winners Chloe Clevenger Jacqueline Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
  Dianna Miller Evelyn Miller Prairie Lilies Christian School/
Hutchinson
  Hope STrickbine Jacqueline Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
3rd Place winners Savannah Cannon Kent Thompson Osborne High School/Osborne
  Suzanna Hansen L. Ryan Hendricks Maize South Middle School/Maize
  Aryssa Peterson-Shea Julie Peterson-Shea Phillipsburg high School/Phillipsburg
GROUP 4 (10-12th grades)
Student's Name Teacher/Parent School/Town
1st Place winners Rosario Vasquez Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Bel Aire
BEST OF SHOW! Billie Spears Kent Thompson Osborne High School/Osborne
Conner Weinman Julie Peterson-Shea Phillipsburg high School/Phillipsburg
2nd Place winners Annalee Barlow Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Bel Aire
Hannah Burke Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Bel Aire
Al Lawrence Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Bel Aire
3rd Place winners Riley Fowler Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Bel Aire
Ashley Freeman Julie Peterson-Shea Phillipsburg High School/Phillipsburg
Leah Rosales Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Bel Aire
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2015 Conservation Message
In addition to the artwork, judges also evaluated
the Conservation Messages of each entrant.

Conservation Messages allow students to articulate in words
the things they have learned, and explain why waterfowl, wetlands,
and nature are important to them.

Here is the winning Conservation Message for 2015.
 

Trinity Roney, age 11
Indian Hills Elementary School
Topeka

2015 WINNER: BEST KANSAS CONSERVATION MESSAGE!

"Conservation....Our world depends on it."
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Congratulations to all these students!

Best of Show

2015 Best Of Show - by Billie Spears

The Best of Show for 2015 was created by Billie Spears, from Osborne.
She depicted a Wood Duck drake with
colored pencils.

Congratulations Billie!

Billie's entry will vie with the other 49 states' Best of Show
in the national Junior Duck Stamp competition
at the National Conservation and Training Center on April 17.

The first place winner in the national competition
receives a $1,000 scholarship and has his or her design
made into the current year's Junior Duck Stamp!

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