Wyoming’s 2009 Junior Duck Stamp winners to be exhibited
8-year old Pinedale student wins 2009 Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award for best art in the youngest age group
by National Museum of Wildlife Art
May 4, 2009
(Jackson Hole) — On Saturday, May 2 through Sunday, August 23, 2009 the National Museum of Wildlife Art will display the winning entries in the 2009 Wyoming Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
For the 15th consecutive year, the Museum serves as the Wyoming host for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, a national art competition for students grades K – 12. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design program was developed in 1990 to teach the importance of wetland conservation and to increase awareness of our nation’s resources.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibition will showcase the top 36 ribbon winners out of 479 total Wyoming entries. In addition to the top winners on exhibit, 64 Honorable Mention ribbons were awarded in each of the four age groups (grades K – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, and 10 – 12).
Eighteen year-old Bryant Helm, of Cokeville, Wyoming, received the 2009 Best of Show award for his painting, Provocative. His oil painting depicts a striking portrait of a Long-tailed Duck. Bryant’s painting represented Wyoming at the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp contest Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. The winner of the national competition will receive $5,000, a trip to our nation’s capital along with a parent and the art teacher, and have his or her artwork used to make the 2009-2010 Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of the Junior Duck Stamps, which cost $5.00, support conservation education.
Baily Schupp, a eight year-old student from Pinedale, for the second year in a row, won the 2009 Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award for the best art in the youngest age group. The Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award was established eight years ago to recognize the artistic accomplishment of students in the K-3rd grade age group and to honor the late Betty Nelson, a generous supporter of the Junior Duck Stamp program.
The 1st through 3rd place Wyoming winners of the Jr. Duck Stamp contest can be viewed online on the Museum’s web site, www.WildlifeArt.org.
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contest winners will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony at the National Museum of Wildlife Art on Saturday July 18, 2009.
The judges for this year’s contest were artist, September Vhay; National Elk Refuge Naturalist, Susan Owen; Executive Director Wyoming Wetlands Society, Drew Reed; National Museum of Wildlife Art CFO, Lisa Holmes; and Teton County Library Assistant, Mike Windsor.
Information for the 2010 contest will be posted on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service homepage at DuckStamps.fws.gov.
The Wyoming Winners: 2009 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest exhibition is generously sponsored by Mary Ann & Harry Lawroski, Tally & Bill Mingst, Clarke Nelson, Cynthia & Dick Quast, and Spring Creek Ranch.
Complete List of Wyoming Winners:
Group 1 (grades K – 3)
1st: John Mitchell, Katie Griggs, Bailey Schupp
2nd: Blake Thornock, Rick Austin, Janetta Teichert
3rd: Kelsea Love, Grant Menolascino, Dallon Hammond
Honorable Mentions: Davy Prince, Alexis McReynolds, Rachel Ablondi, George Winkler, Sterling Murdock, Colby King, Emma Tonga, Devan Moody, Andrew Thomas, Wyatt Doyle, Stephanie Rambo, Tristan Nate, Hannah Turtle, Kaycee Linford, Rylee Colson, Zoe Curran.
Group 2 (grades 4 – 6)
1st: Guy Erickson, Brexton Bennett, Devan LaMere
2nd: Maeve Poulson, James Teichert, Tanner Colson
3rd: Caden Colson, Syler Peralta-Ramos, Madison Wilkerson
Honorable Mentions: Avery MacFarland, Islay Mackay, Halie McGough, Cassidy Weaver, Kyra Orullian, Kayla Cook, Cecilia Williams, Sage Roney, Honora Verdone, Mallory Harrower, Jackson Linford, Shannon Matthews, Victoria Nate, Sam Miller, Darion Huefner, Shelbi Viehweg.
Group 3 (grades 7 – 9)
1st: Colter Linford, Cody Rae Nate, Brigham Tiechert
2nd: Colter Viehweg, Alex Hammond, Kaylie Moyes
3rd: Kellyn Richardson, Amber Frankland, Kim Yeuntla
Honorable Mentions: Michael Muniz, Nathan Fulton, Clifford Harshman, Colt Larson, Kayde Foster, Brendon Cook, Rosalinda Garcia, Jessy Mundy, Alice Pinter, Cole Bennion, Jewell Felter, Marcel Oldman, Kaitlyn Bonine, Modesta Blackburn, Paige Jordan, Shanaya Weston.
Group 4 (grades 10 – 12)
1st: Bryant Helm (Best of Show), Tamera Hardisty, Jessica Mae Nieslanic
2nd: Flint Wilhelm, Robert Cook, Shelby Willis
3rd: Juan Cortez, Bradley Russell, Krista Larson
Honorable Mentions: Agnes Moss, Daniel Dalke, Jacob Mennell, Stephanie Paul, Hayden Helm, Olynda Nave, Markus Goetsch, Katie MacDonald, Daniel Bear, Seth Agee, Hannah Groves, Betsy French, Taylor Stockdale, Luke Nieslanik, Stephanie McCullough, Alex Norris.
For more information, please contact Amy Goicoechea at 307-732-5435.