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March 13, 2012

Reel Art contest winners announced

A student from Lake City recently took top honors as the overall winner in South Carolina's 2012 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 9th. The winning artwork will be exhibited at the Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic March 23-25 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Amanda McDaniel from Lake City High School in Lake City received State Best of Show and a first-place award in the Grades 10-12 category for her color pencil depiction of spotted sunfish which was titled simply "Knocking Around the Stump."
           
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 890 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 Lake City is Krystal Fuentes. Amanda 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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