A student from St. Matthews recently took top honors as the overall winner in South Carolina’s 2007 Reel Art contest, a competition sponsored annually by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and funded by the Sportfish Restoration Fund.
Entries were judged in Columbia at S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) headquarters on March 7. Winning art will be exhibited at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic March 23-25 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Kelly Kemp from Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews received State Best of Show and a first-place award in the Grades 10-12 category for her color pencil depiction of fiery-black shiners, which was titled simply “School of Shiners.”
Reel Art is a component of the DNR’s SC Reel Kids aquatic education program, supported with federal Sportfish Restoration Funds. Contact BeBe Harrison, DNR aquatic education coordinator, for more information on the annual contest at (803) 737-8483 in Columbia.
Students from across the state submitted 645 entries to the South Carolina Reel Art competition for 2007. Awards were given in each of four class groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), including one overall winner, a first place, second place, third place and five honorable mention ribbons for each class group. The overall winner is selected from among the four first-place winners representing all four groups.
The best of show winner’s art teacher from St. Matthews is Tiffany Spencer. Kemp was awarded a $500 savings bond from the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, fishing and art supplies and other prizes from DNR. Other sponsors include Duke Power, Trout Unlimited-Chattooga River Chapter, Bender-Burkot East Coast School Supply, and Shakespeare. Everyone who enters gets a certificate and sample art supplies.
Harrison says the Reel Art contest is a conservation education program designed to give students in grades K-12 a chance to learn about and create artwork showing the diverse aquatic animals and aquatic habitats that exist in South Carolina.
Top placing entries in the Reel Art contest were: