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May 1, 2003

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Young Derry Artist Earns Top State Honors in Junior Duck Stamp Contest

"Double Duck" by Elizabeth Beaudoin
"Double Duck"
Elizabeth Beaudoin's portrait of a mallard pair won New Hampshire's 2003 Junior Duck Stamp contest 

CONCORD, N.H. -- Elizabeth Beaudoin, age 16, of Derry, has won top honors among young New Hampshire artists in the 2003 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. Beaudoin's color pencil drawing of mallard ducks, entitled Double Duck, was chosen from among 215 other entries as New Hampshire's State Best of Show in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

The artist, a student of the Pen & Palette Art School in Hampstead, a private art studio, was New Hampshire's contestant in the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest, held in April in Washington, D.C.

"Elizabeth's attention to detail was excellent, and her use of color and lighting was very dramatic," said Victor Young, staff artist for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the state's Junior Duck Stamp Contest coordinator. "It's wonderful to see these talented young artists taking an interest in wildlife art."

The contest creates an ideal opportunity for teachers to connect conservation issues with artistic expression. "Humans should learn to respect the beauty of nature and the elegance of its creatures," Elizabeth wrote on her competition entry form.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated the Federal Junior Duck Stamp program in 1994 to showcase the talents of the nation's young artists while teaching youngsters about the value of wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

New Hampshire's first place winners for their age groups this year were:

  • Grades K-3: Benjamin Leavitt of Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover; and Zachary Medeiros and Nicholas Morrow, both of Trinity Christian School in Concord.
  • Grades 4-6: Emma Erler of Newfound Memorial Middle School in Bristol; Michael Medeiros of Trinity Christian School in Concord; and Carole Platka of Hope Christian School in Grafton.
  • Grades 7-9: Elizabeth Beaudoin of Pen & Palette Art School in Hampstead; Nicole Faro of Newfound Memorial Middle School in Bristol; and Rick Knight of Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover.
  • Grades 10-12: Natasha Denault of Newfound Regional High School in Bristol.

The first-place winners' stamp designs can be seen at Fish and Game's website; click here to visit the online gallery.

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