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March 12, 2009

Reel Art contest winners announced

A student from North Charleston recently took top honors as the overall winner in South Carolina’s 2009 Reel Art contest, a competition held annually by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources sponsored by Sportfish Restoration Funds, Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund and Duke Energy.
           
Entries were judged in Columbia at S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) headquarters on March 6. The originals of the winning art will be exhibited at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic March 27-29 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Angelica Halvarsson 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 brown trout, which was titled simply "Brown Trout."
           
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.

Students from across the state submitted 437 entries to the South Carolina Reel Art competition for 2009. 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 Anne Cimballa & Ben Moore. Angelica was awarded a $500 savings bond from the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, art supplies and a ticket to see their artwork on display at the Palmetto Sportsman’s Classic. Everyone who enters gets a certificate and 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:

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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