The Finnup Center for Conservation Education will host the Kansas Junior Duck Stamp display beginning Wednesday, July 24 through August 27, 2013. Admission to see the display and visit the Center is free. The Finnup Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on weekends and holidays. The top 36 Junior Duck Stamp entries – including the Best of Show from Kansas, plus the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning entries – from Kansas youth will be on display.
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 on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 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 competed alongside the other 49 states and territory’s A Best of Show entries in the national competition on April 19, 2013 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation and Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The first place national winner received a $5,000 scholarship, a free trip to Washington D.C., and will have 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:
Group 1: K-3rd grade (264 entries)
Group II: 4th - 6th grade (250 entries)
Group III: 7th - 9th grade (327 entries)
Group IV: 10th - 12th grade (74 entries)
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.
For additional information on the Junior Duck Stamp program, contact Lorrie Beck at (316) 683-5499, x108.