Clarissa Miller, 17 years old from Hutchinson, submitted an entry featuring two American Wigeons and claimed the state’s top prize in the annual Junior Duck Stamp program this week. This is Clarissa’s first “Best of Show” finish. Her entry is entitled, “Safe Among the Reeds.” For inspiration and reference, Clarissa used original art by Wes Dewey entitled, “Kansas Royalty” and the 2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp.
Clarissa’s entry will compete alongside the other 49 states and territory’s ABest of Show@ entries in the national competition on April 19 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation and Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The first place national winner will receive a $ 5,000 scholarship, a free trip to Washington D.C., and has their entry made into a Junior Duck Stamp which is sold nationwide. Proceeds from the sale of the $ 5 stamp funds conservation education and art scholarships.
Clarissa’s entry was chosen from 915 entries submitted from Kansas students in 22 public schools, 3 private schools, 17 home schools and/or home projects, 3 art studios, one 4-H Club and 6 private lessons. Entries were submitted in four age categories:
Susanne Maestas from Victoria High School Student and Billie Spears from Osborne High School received 2nd place awards. Six students from Phillipsburg earned Honorable Mention.
The judges chose three 1st place, three 2nd place, three 3rd place, and 16 honorable mention entries in each of the four age groups for a total of 100 winning entries.
As always, the judges do NOT know anything about any of the entries except for the grade level of the student. They are told: “These entries are Group I or II, etc.”
The judges do NOT know information about teachers, parents, students or schools. They may only ask two questions during the judging: “what species is being depicted?” and “what medium was used”?