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March 8, 2011

Reel Art contest winners announced

A student from North Charleston recently took top honors as the overall winner in South Carolina's 2011 Reel Art contest, a competition held annually by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources sponsored by Sportfish Restoration Funds and the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund.
           
Entries were judged in Columbia at S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) headquarters on March 4. The winning artwork will be exhibited at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic March 25-27 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Angelica Halvarsson from Charleston County School for the Arts in North Charleston received State Best of Show for the third year in a row and a first-place award in the Grades 10-12 category for her color pencil depiction of a black banded sunfish which was titled simply "Blackbanded Bandit."
           
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 aquaticed@dnr.sc.gov.
 
Students from across the state submitted 382 entries to the South Carolina Reel Art competition for 2011. 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. Angelica was awarded a $500 savings bond from the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, art supplies and a ticket to see her 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:


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