DHS student takes state wildlife art award
David Servatius of Douglas High School created the artwork selected as the 2000 Nevada Best of Show Duck Stamp Design in this year’s contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Servatius’s entry of a redhead duck, titled “Fire in the Hole,” will continue on to the National Junior Duck Stamp design Contest judging to be held in Washington, D.C., on May 1.
Entries were received from 386 students throughout Nevada, and 100 of these young artists have been awarded ribbons and other prizes in recognition of their efforts.
Other Douglas High School students who received first, second, third or Honorable Mention in the contest include Katie Yochum, Neil Love, Scott Forrester, Lindsay Dimitri, Meghan Doyle, Sara Reid, James O’Brien, Mike Saylo, Kelly Henderson, Evan Robinson, Matt Murphy, Jessica Haltom, Michael Dublanc and Lucia Willson.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is open to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade, who submit original artwork depicting North American ducks, geese or swans in their natural habitat. Patterned after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s highly successful Federal Duck Stamp Program, the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program is designed to increase awareness among our nation’s youth of the need to conserve North America’s wetlands and waterfowl through an educational curriculum, which incorporates art and wildlife management principles.
The design selected as the national winner will be made into the following year’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of this stamp are used to support conservation education awards and scholarships for entrants. The first, second and third place winners of the national competition, their art teachers and one of their parents receive a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the judging of the adult Federal Duck Stamp Contest held at the Department of Interior. The national first place winner also received a $2,500 scholarship.