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TPWD News Release — Nov. 5, 2009

North Texas Students Soar in National Art Contest

Artwork is on display at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — Students from Dream Art Academy in Carrollton and Richland High School swept six of the top 12 places in the Texas Junior Duck Stamp competition, including Best of Show.

All 12 winning pieces of artwork will be on display at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens until January 17, 2010.

The Best of Show award, which will advance to the national competition, went to 17-year-old Min Cho of Carrollton for her color pencil and acrylic rendering of a spectacled eider.

Other Dream Art Academy winners included Haven Chung, 11; Jacqueline Oh, 10; Monica Kwon, 14; and Gene Park, 8.

Kelli Kimble, 17, of Richland High School, was also a first-place winner in her age category for her color pencil drawing of a wood duck.

Other Texas winners included Haneul Seo, 15, who attends Memorial High School in Spring Branch; Clay Woodcock, 9, from the Paratore School of Art, Santa Fe, Texas; Yelita Garcia, 14, from Lucia Middle School, Brownsville; Lauren Martinez, 9, Our Lady of Fatima, Texas City; Alex Clark, 16, Pasadena Memorial High School, Houston; and Carlos Garcia, 12, Lucio Middle School, Brownsville.

The Junior Duck Stamp program is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an educational program designed to teach wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The contest is open to all students, whether attending public, private or home schools.

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located in Athens, 75 miles southeast of Dallas, at 5550 F.M. 2495. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is charged. For more information or directions call (903) 676-2277 or visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc.

For information on a similar art contest open to all Texas students in grades 4-12, visit http://www.statefishart.com/. Entries in the Texas division of the State-Fish Art Contest are judged at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

For information on the Junior Duck Stamp contest, visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm.

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