Apr 11, 2012

2012 Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design

News Release

Department of the Interior/ U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
3006 Dinkins Lane / Paris, TN 38242
Telephone 731-642-2091 / FAX 731-644-3351

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a portrayal of a pair of king eiders won Best of Show in the 2012 Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest held March 29th at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. The colored pencil entry by 15-year-old Jet Smith from Ooltewah in middle Tennessee won top honors.

Jet’s art teacher, Karen Barton from Agape Art Academy, is no stranger to awards. Her students have often placed high in the Tennessee Jr. Duck Stamp program. However, this is the second year in a row that her student has taken the top award in this competition.

Also entered in Tennessee’s eighteenth Junior Duck Stamp Contest were over 250 individuals in four different age group categories. The other eleven finalists and first place winners in their category included Joanna Rush from Chattanooga; Olivia Hughes from Jackson; Kelsey Skillman and Rachael Skillman from Chattanooga; Elizabeth Kirby from Caruthersville; Carly Nix and James Sells from Tullahoma; Camille Moore from Beloidere; McKenzie Covrig from Georgetown; Kelsie Johnson from Dyersburg; and Caitlin Maupin from Ooltewah.

Ribbons and other prizes will be presented to the top 100 winners at an awards ceremony hosted by the Bass Pro Shops in Nashville on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 am. Mr. Smith will receive the $1000.00 Jeanette Rudy scholarship provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation along with other prizes including a framed 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Print.

The Tennessee Jr. Duck Stamp program is an art contest managed by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. Its Tennessee partners include the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Ducks Unlimited and the Bass Pro Shops of Nashville. The judges for this year’s contest were John Taylor, retired manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Larry Richardson of Ducks Unlimited; Chance Minchey of Bass Pro Shops; Donald Hosse of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; and John Jackson of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation.

This month Smith’s artwork will move on to the national competition at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Philadelphia where his entry will compete with 50 other state best of show winners on April 20th. The national winning entry will become 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp, which is sold for $5 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the national sponsors of the contest.

In Tennessee, the previous year’s Best of Show entries from this contest have been made into a state waterfowl collector stamp available from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. All of these stamps can be purchased at a cost of $10 per stamp by calling (615) 781-6585.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is not only an art contest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service consider this a major outreach program to teach youth about the importance of waterfowl and wetlands conservation. As each student chooses a waterfowl subject for their entry, they are encouraged to learn about that bird and its requirements for survival. A Junior Duck Stamp curriculum guide available to educators focuses on conservation messages. All students, homeschoolers, teachers and their schools are recognized through the program where they and the wildlife resources benefit.

The 36 First, Second and Third Place winners will be on display at locations around the state throughout the following year.  For more information about this program, or to purchase a Junior Duck Stamp, call the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge at 731-642-2091.

To see all the winners click here.

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