Wyoming junior duck stamp design winners announced


Cokeville student’s conservation message advances to national contest

The 2019 Wyoming junior duck stamp contest judges: Shaily Harshbarger of University of Wyoming Extension for Lincoln County; Patrick Newell, photographer; Ellen Newell, artist, Regina Dickson of Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Troy Feisler of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The winners of the 2019 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program were recently announced from the 211 total art entries that were received from around the state from students in kindergarten up to 12th grade. Students can also include a “conservation message” with their art, which summarizes what they learned through the program. Cydney Brown, age 15, of Cokeville submitted this year’s winning conservation message:

“A future without conservation is like a canvas without paint.”

Wyoming’s 2019 Best of Show artwork is a watercolor rendition of a pair of northern pintail drakes, titled “Pintails in Flight” by Brianna Simmons, age 18, of Cody.

Brianna Simmons’ watercolor of the pintails and Cydney Brown’s conservation message will both advance to represent Wyoming at the 2019 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest which will be held Friday, April 19,  at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. A panel of judges will choose a Best of Show at the national level, which will be printed on the 2018-2019 National Junior Duck Stamp. The new Junior Duck Stamp will be released in June of 2019 and will be available for $5 at www.duckstamp.com as well as from some U.S. Postal Service locations, National Wildlife Refuges, and through the Amplex Corporation. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide prizes, awards and scholarships for students participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program.

“Pintails in Flight” by Brianna Simmons (age 18) of Cody, won Best of Show in the 2019 Wyoming junior duck stamp contest.

Wyoming’s Junior Duck Stamp Program also awards a “Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award” to the youngest age group, grades K-6, to an artist the judges feel exhibits exemplary artistic promise. This year’s Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award went to Kashton Walker, age 9, of Cokeville, for a colored pencil depiction of a harlequin drake.

This dynamic educational program uses both conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to students in kindergarten through high school. The art contest provides an opportunity for students to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity and beauty of waterfowl and their habitat. Educational guides for youth, educators, home school, and non-traditional education are available through the Junior Duck Stamp Program.

Copies of the winning artwork will be exhibited around the state. The tour will start mid-April at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Jackson, Powell, Gillette, Sheridan, Casper, and Cheyenne are some of the scheduled stops on the tour.

This year’s Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award went to Kashton Walker, age 9, of Cokeville, for a colored pencil depiction of a harlequin drake.

Students submitted artwork featuring the following native North American species: whistling ducks, swans, geese, dabbling ducks, diving ducks, sea ducks, mergansers, stiff tails, or Hawaiian ducks.

Grades K-3: Whitli Groll 1st, William Harrild 2nd, Sara Brooks 2nd, Lexi Larsen 3rd, Joseph Thomas 3rd; Honorable Mention: Zachary Bell, Taylar Nate, Serenity Johnson, Mckenzie Payne, Killian Teichert, Ridge Barners, Jace Barnes, Emmitt Groll, Bentley McKinnon, Myles Dayton

Grades 4-6: Gentry Kirkland 1st, Flint Linford 2nd, Bodee Vierig 3rd, Beau Jackman 3rd, Chenzee Jensen 3rd; Honorable Mention: Chase Benson, Logan Halls, Kooper Hansell, Cole Brooks, Jeremiah Johnson, Daxton Pope, Payton Allred, Kruz Smith, Cade Thompson, Kyler Nelson, Jackson Willis, Isacen Mislted, Mackay Richardson, Jack Hulme, Clay Teichert, Kutler Keetch, Carter Hatling.

Grades 7-9: Sarah Clements 3rd, Dakota Bethers 3rd; Honorable Mention: Landon Walker, Kameron Luthi, Tanner Brown, Drake Plowman, Amelia Richardson, Justin Floyd

Grades 10-12: Kaylee Cornia 1st (2nd runner up for Best of Show), Brenda Bencomo 2nd; Honorable Mention: Cydney Brown, Sarajayne Floyd, Jordyn Nate, Desiree Plowman