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A note from the Kansas coordinator   2014 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, 2015!

   The deadline for submitting an entry for 
  the 2015 Junior Duck Stamp contest is March 15, 2015.

For an idea how the competition works, click this icon Click here to download the 2012 Junior Duck Stamp brochure. to download the 2012 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 noon on Saturday, May 12 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 winners (see below) will also be invited to the award ceremony on May 12.

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 2014 competition, 907 pieces of artwork were submitted from 44 Kansas public schools, 5 private schools, 21 home schools or home projects, 2 art studios, one 4-H Club and 6 private lessons. 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 2014:
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
Barry Jones - Park Ranger, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Carly Honas, a 14-year old from Wichita,
captured “Best of Show” honors for Kansas in the judging on
Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

Her colored pencil/pastel/marker drawing of a pair of Wood Ducks will represent Kansas in the national Junior Duck Stamp competition on April 18, 2014 at the US Fish & Wildlife Service's National Conservation and Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Carly'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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2014 Kansas Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit Tour Schedule

bulletChaplin Nature Center - Arkansas City
April 29 – May 28
bulletPratt Nature Center - Pratt
May 5 – August 22
bulletWest Ridge Mall - Topeka
June 9 – July 7
bulletPrairie Park Nature Center - Lawrence
June 9 – July 7
bulletLee Richardson Zoo – Garden City
July 23 – August 22
bulletKansas State Fair - Hutchinson
September 5 – 14
bulletJohnson County Public Libraries
December 2014 – January 2015

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The Kansas Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners for 2014:

GROUP 1 (K-3rd grades)

  Student's Name Teacher/Parent School/Town
1st Place winners Sam Galusha Christina Stockton Private art lessons/Maize
  Kate Kim Taeyoung Kim Home project/Overland Park
  Madeleine Swilley Jacqueline Stockton Private art lessons/Maize
2nd Place winners Darius DeWerff Christina Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
  Josie DeWerff Jacqueline Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
  Anna Strickbine Rebekah Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
3rd Place winners Tumi Adeagbo Gayle Clayborn Gayle Clayborn Art Instructing/
Wichita
  Dinesh Venkatesh Courtney Abbott Monart School of Art/Wichita
  Von Woleslagel Leann Woleslagel Home project/Hutchinson
GROUP 2 (4-6th grades)
  Student's Name Teacher/Parent School/Town
1st Place winners Skyler Clevenger Gayle Clayborn Gayle Clayborn Art Instructing/
Wichita
  Lauren Galusha Rebekah Stockton Private art lessons/Maize
  Caleb Mugglin Rebekah Stockton Private art lessons/Clearwater
2nd Place winners Tami Adeagbo Gayle Clayborn Gayle Clayborn Art Instructing/
Wichita
  Annabelle DeWerff Rebekah Stockton Private art lessons/Wichita
  Katherine Riner Garett Riner Home project/Topeka
3rd Place winners Kyndra McGinley Taylor Lynch Wanamaker Elementary/Topeka
  Elizabeth Phi Pippa McNay Private art lessons/Wichita
  Jude Swilley Jacqueline Stockton Private art lessons/Maize
GROUP 3 (7-9th grades)
  Student's Name Teacher/Parent School/Town
1st Place winners Chloe Clevenger Gayle Clayborn Gayle Clayborn Art Instructing/
Wichita
BEST OF SHOW! Carly Honas Chris Honas Home school/Wichita
  Anikka Francis Alice Bertals Washburn Rural MS/Topeka
2nd Place winners Lindsay Adams Celina Gillespie Maize Middle School/Wichita
  Shuy (Kim) Chen Yuying Gu Home project/Shawnee
  Heather Woleslagel Leann Woleslagel Home project/Hutchinson
3rd Place winners Aidan Hill Jeralyn Hill St. Patrick Catholic School/
Cunningham
  Joanna Mugglin Christina Stockton Private art lessons/Clearwater
  Sierra Rohs Ryan Hendricks Maize South MS/Wichita
GROUP 4 (10-12th grades)
Student's Name Teacher/Parent School/Town
1st Place winners Logan McNay Pippa McNay Northfield School/Valley Center
Allison Riner Garett Riner Home project/Topeka
Arturo Zapote Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Wichita
2nd Place winners Caitlin Alexnder Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Wichita
Haleigh Hunt Meredith Radke-Gannon NE Magnet High School/Bel Aire
Laressa Tuch Julie Peterson-Shea Phillipsburg High School/Phillipsburg
3rd Place winners Carli Erickson Doreen
Seely-Francis
Santa Fe Trail HS/Overbrook
Alyssa Rogers Julie Peterson-Shea Phillipsburg High School/Phillipsburg
Beth Schurz Julie Peterson-Shea Phillipsburg High School/Phillipsburg
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2014 Conservation Messages
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.

The following are the top three Conservation Messages for 2014
in each of the four age categories:

GROUP 1 (K-3rd grades)

Anna Strickbine
Private art lessons
Wichita
"Save the wetlands to save the ducks."
Sam Galusha
Private art lessons
Maize
"Sunsets look best over clean water."
Cade Nelson
Indian Hills Elementary
Topeka
"Dirty water is “fowl."

GROUP 2 (4-6th grades)

Austin Pletcher
Farley Elementary
Topeka
"The more you take, the less they have."
Hunter Schram
Wanamaker Elementary School
Topeka
"Conservation is important to maintain the balance in nature."
Caleb Mugglin
Private art lessons
Clearwater
"Quack down on litter!"

GROUP 3 (7-9th grades)

Joanna Mugglin
Private art lessons
Clearwater
"Waddle you waiting for? Conserve!"
Jimin Park
Washburn Rural Middle School
Topeka
"No matter how advanced society gets, nature will never cease to amaze us. Let future generations have the same experience by preserving the wetlands."
Teylha Enoch
Osborne Jr/Sr High School
Osborne
"When conservation becomes a way of life, it benefits all life."

GROUP 4 (10-12th grades)

Shayla Hutton
Northeast Magnet High School
Wichita
"We have a beautiful world, why trash it?"
Caitlin Sader
Northeast Magnet High School
Wichita
"Too often we want to change the world when the problem is in our own backyard."
Rayna Tuch
Phillipsburg High School
Phillipsburg

2014 WINNER: BEST KANSAS CONSERVATION MESSAGE!

"The experience of nature is a work of art, but it’s not enough to have heart. So lend a hand and do your part."
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Congratulations to all these students!

Best of Show

2014 Best Of Show - by Carly Honas
The Best of Show for 2014 was created by Carly Honas, from Wichita.
She depicted a pair of Wood Ducks with
colored pencil, pastel and marker.

Congratulations Carly!

Carly'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 18.

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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