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February 10, 2011

Charleston student wins 2011 S.C. Junior Duck Stamp contest

Weston DeWolff, a high school student from North Charleston’s School of the Arts, won "Best of Show" in South Carolina’s 17th annual 2011 Junior Duck Stamp Contest with his color pencil drawing of a Harlequin Duck. DeWolff’s art teacher is Marie Nichols of the School of the Arts.

DeWolff’s work will be entered in the 2011 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest with other state winners later this year. The S.C. Junior Duck Stamp exhibit will be on display at the Palmetto Sportsman’s Classic March 25 through March 27, at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

The popular South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp competition for 2011, tailored after the prestigious state duck stamp contest, was judged in Columbia on Feb. 3 at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) headquarters.

Hundreds of entries were submitted to the 2011 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp competition. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention awards were given in four class groups (Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), including one overall "Best of Show," The top Junior Duck Stamp entries will be on display during the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, March 26-28, at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

The winners of Grades 10-12 will also have an opportunity, on Feb. 16 to enjoy a day in the ACE Basin with a few of the featured artists of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. The artists will demonstrate their art form while answering questions from students.

The S.C. Junior Duck Stamp Program is a conservation education curriculum for South Carolina students in grades K-12. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Duck Stamp program, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund jointly sponsor the Junior Duck Stamp contest in South Carolina with the support of many others. For more information on South Carolina’s annual contest, write Junior Duck Stamp Program, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202 or call (803) 734-3945 in Columbia.

Based on the national program created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Carolina's Junior Duck Stamp contest is designed to engage students in a variety of curriculum studies while incorporating wildlife management principles.

The state "Best of Show" design is selected from among the 12 first-place winners representing all four groups and goes on to represent South Carolina in the 2011 national competition. National Junior Duck Stamp judging is open to the public at a location to be announced. A new Junior Duck Stamp is released by July 1st each year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation for $5 each.

South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp Winners 2011

Grades K-3

1st
Madison Grizzle, JFG Studio - Moore
Joshua Kennard, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter
Elise Osteen, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter
Merideth Rogers, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter

2nd
Audry Burch, Vine & Branches Home School - Conway
Cam Farr, Saluda Middle After School
Brock Pearson, W.E. Parker Elementary
Kyndle Waynick, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter

3rd
Jackson Clemmons, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter
Atalaya Cosner, Vine & Branches Home School - Conway
Mary Hannah Hoover, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter
Banks Mitchell, Vine & Branches Home School - Conway

Honorable Mentions
Davis Clemmons, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter
Max Rahner, Vine & Branches Home School - Conway
Hensley Timmerman, Thomas Cario Middle School - Mt. Pleasant
Mary Ellis Waynick, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter

Grades 4-6

1st
Dylan Hanes, Pee Dee Elementary - Conway
Lane Herlong, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter
Rose Holstein, Private Lessons – Mt. Pleasant
Tyler Horton, School of the Arts - N. Charleston

2nd
Ty Bell, Saluda Middle School
Ben Copper, Pee Dee Elementary - Conway
Emily Ann Knudsen, Thomas Cario Middle School - Mt. Pleasant
Haley Prince, Pee Dee Elementary - Conway

3rd
Morgan Carr, Pee Dee Elementary - Conway
Robert Maierele, Charleston County School of the Arts - N. Charleston
Ryley Nordin, Saluda Middle School
Ashley Rowell, Pee Dee Elementary - Conway

Honorable Mentions
Anna Marie Bleyer, Vine & Branches Home School - Conway
Ellie Jeffers, Thomas Cario Middle School - Mt. Pleasant
Giovanni Meli, Charleston County School of the Arts - N. Charleston
Jordan Shepard, Thomas Cario Middle School - Mt. Pleasant

Grades 7-9

1st
Joseph Addison, Palmetto Middle School - Pelzer
Lilian Aluri, Aluri Home School - Columbia
Jordan Epps, Vine & Branches Home School - Conway
Kara Fath, Art & Things

2nd
Taveris Brooks, Charleston County School of the Arts - N. Charleston
Shamaria Parks-Bullard, Thomas Cario Middle School - Mt. Pleasant
Elizabeth Chandler, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter
Adelia Singleton, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter

3rd
Frank Fabor, Charleston County School of the Arts - N. Charleston
Madison Hall, Thomas Cario Middle School - Mt. Pleasant
Angelo Luna, Palmetto Middle School – Pelzer
Joanna Ryan, Charleston County School of the Arts - N. Charleston

Honorable Mentions
Cloe Bourdages, Thomas Cario Middle School - Mt. Pleasant
Alex Fisher, Thomas Cario Middle School - Mt. Pleasant
Pedro Sanchez, Cane Bay High School - Summerville
Alison Waldman, Irmo High School

Grades 10-12

1st and Best of Show
Weston DeWolff, Charleston County School of the Arts - N. Charleston

1st
Khephra Hines, Scott's Branch High School - Summerton
Erica Morris, Michael’s Masterpieces - Sumter
Caitlin Purvis, Socastee High School - Myrtle Beach

2nd
Samuel Armaya, Cane Bay High School - Summerville
Kelsey Gammon, Pathways for Scholars - Conway
Porsha Long, Scott's Branch High School - Summerton
Trevor Ripley, Socastee High School - Myrtle Beach

3rd
Rayquan Georgia, Scott's Branch High School - Summerton
Shakeema Merchant, Scott's Branch High School - Summerton
Brendorsha Morris, Saluda High School
Taylor Willoughby, Blazin’ Saddles 4-H - Summerville

Honorable Mentions
Alexander Bowers, Saluda High School
Elizabeth Herring, Cane Bay High School - Summerville
Ellen Vance, Saluda High School
Brittney Wright, Strom Thurmond High School - Johnston


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