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March 10, 2008

Reel Art contest winners announced

A student from Charleston recently took top honors as the overall winner in South Carolina’s 2008 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. The originals of the winning art will be exhibited at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic March 23-25 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Morgan Watts from Charleston County School for the Arts in North Charleston received State Best of Show and a first-place award in the Grades 7-9 category for her color pencil depiction of a spotted bass which was titled simply "Spotted Bass."

Reel Art is a component of the DNR’s SC Reel Kids aquatic education program, supported with federal Sportfish Restoration Funds. Contact Lorianne Riggin, DNR aquatic education coordinator, for more information on the annual contest at (803) 737-8483 in Columbia.

Students from across the state submitted 664 entries to the South Carolina Reel Art competition for 2008. 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 North Charleston is Robert Moore. Watts 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, and Shakespeare. Everyone who enters gets a certificate and sample art supplies.

Riggin says the Reel Art contest is a conservation education program designed to give students in grades K-12 a chance to learn about the diverse aquatic animals and aquatic habitats that exist in South Carolina, while creating some extraordinary pieces of art.

Top placing entries in the Reel Art contest were:

Grades K-3
1st Caleb Brock, Pomaria-Garmany Elementary; 2nd Andrew Harrington, Sonshine Homeschool; 3rd Diana Gutierrez, Pomaria-Garmany Elementary; Hon. Mentions Nathan Abdo, Greenbrier Elementary; Noah Brown, Michael’s Masterpieces; Rachel Dolleman, Greenbrier Elementary; Bethany Dupont, Grace Christian School; Nicholas Martellini, Ballentine Elementary

Grades 4-6
1st Alison Waldman, Crossroads Middle School; 2nd Abby Rumph, Charleston County School of the Arts; 3rd Ashley Graham, Greenwood Elementary; Hon. Mentions Kristen Clark, Crossroads Middle School; Ethan Hanson, Charleston County School of the Arts; Will Lanford, Campobello-Gramling School; Tristan Maxum, Michael’s Masterpieces; Elishama True, William J. Clark Middle School

Grades 7-9
Best of Show & 1st Morgan Watts, Charleston County School of the Arts; 2nd Tre Raynor, Charleston County School of the Arts; 3rd Tiffany Holcombe, Saluda Middle School; Hon. Mentions Austin Bell, Saluda Middle School; Ryan Bing, Charleston County School of the Arts; Davina Feldes, William J. Clark Middle School; Madison Jolly, Airport High School; Halen Wells, Brookland Cayce High School

Grades 10-12
1st Kaitlin Hallman, Airport High School; 2nd Holly Able, Saluda High School; 3rd Joshua Bienkoski, Airport High School; Hon. Mentions Simone Dozier, Airport High School; Weston Fleming, Airport High School; Ashley Kinsey, Airport High School; Qwame Wilson, Lakewood High School; Carina Vargas, Hanahan High School; Chief’s Choice Elizabeth Bankert, Waccamaw High School.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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