The United States Fish & Wildlife Service sponsors 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/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php
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
Complete information on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Junior Duck Stamp program may be found on their web site: http://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php
Contact Barry Jones (see below) if you live in Kansas and want further
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JUDGING THE ENTRIES
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 -
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:
Billie Spears, an 18-year old from
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.
2015 Kansas Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit Tour Schedule
The Kansas Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners for 2015:
GROUP 1 (K-3rd grades)
|1st Place winners||Andrew Roush||Gayle Clayborn||Gayle Clayborn Art Instructing/
|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/
|GROUP 2 (4-6th grades)|
|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)|
|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/
|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)|
|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
the Conservation Messages of each entrant.
Conservation Messages allow students to
articulate in words
Here is the winning Conservation Message for 2015.
|Trinity Roney, age 11
Indian Hills Elementary School
2015 WINNER: BEST KANSAS CONSERVATION MESSAGE!
|"Conservation....Our world depends on it."|
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Congratulations to all these students!
Best of Show
The Best of Show for 2015 was created by
Billie Spears, from Osborne.
Billie's entry will vie with the other 49 states' Best of Show
The first place winner in the national competition