Douglas students win Junior Duck Stamp awards |

Douglas students win Junior Duck Stamp awards

Staff reports

Students in Douglas County schools earned awards in the Nevada Junior Duck Stamp Design contest in April, and best of show was won by Douglas High School student Jon-Paul Palmer, who will represent Nevada in judging at the national level.

The contest was open to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade who submit original artwork depicting North American ducks, geese or swans in their natural habitat. Thirty-eight teachers submitted entries from 268 students. One hundred were awarded ribbons and other prizes.

The Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest program is designed to increase awareness among the nation’s youth to conserve North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. The first place national winner receives a $2,500 scholarship.

The national winner’s artwork will be made into next year’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

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.

Four age groups were judged separately to determine three first-place winners, three second-place winners, three third-place winners and 16 honorable mention winners. The first-place winners were judged together to determine best of show.

Six Nevada teachers also received recognition for their efforts in promoting the student participation. They included Kelley Yost of Carson Valley Middle School, Nancy Bargman of Douglas High School and Karen Whitely of Pinon Hills Elementary School.

Yost said her students worked through a series of steps in the project; first, finding a photo source of the birds and backgrounds, then doing field studies or taking photos in the field to improve the realism of their drawings. The students submitted rough drafts, then final drawings which concentrated on accurate shape and proportion, realistic details, shading and texture. The student used colored pencils for their work.

The student winners were:

n Douglas High School, first, Jo-Paul Palmer, Blake Hiller and Brett McCormick; third, Angela Sweet and Joseph O’Brien; honorable mention, Corinne Sweet, Jayson Scheetz, Katy Moore, Philip Lundquist, Matthew Johns, Russ Vadenais and Powell Boyer.

nCarson Valley Middle School, first, Dara Harris and James O’Brien; second, Brad Welsh; third, Justin Wayne and Justin Nalder; honorable mention, Adam Graf, Kristen Bricker, April Short, Kevin Jones, Chad Linderman, Jake McCubbin and Morgan McGaffin.

n Minden Elementary School, second, Kelly Lopeman.

n Gardnerville Elementary School, third, Justin Cowden.

n Pinon Hills Elementary School, honorable mention, Jessica Felix, Tanya Johnson and Joshua Etchison.

n Scarselli Elementary School, second, Jenny Holdeman, Heather Tompkins and Gabriel Motta.