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April 21, 2004

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

"Among the Reeds," oil painting of a wood duck by Lindsey Rothe of Berlin.

CONCORD, N.H. - Lindsey Rothe, age 17, of Berlin, has won a $500 scholarship and top honors among young New Hampshire artists in the 2004 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. Rothe's oil-on-canvas painting of a wood duck, entitled "Among the Reeds," was chosen from among 106 entries as New Hampshire's State Best of Show in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. New Hampshire's portion of the contest is coordinated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

The artist, a student at Berlin High School, will be New Hampshire's contestant in the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest on April 24 in Ocean City, Maryland.
Rothe's artwork will have the honor of appearing on New Hampshire's official 2004 duck stamp, a special permit purchased by duck hunters in the state and prized by collectors. This is the first year New Hampshire has used the Junior Duck Stamp contest winner's artwork on this stamp.

"Lindsey has created a piece of artwork that is exceptionally well done and quite accurate in detail," said Victor Young, wildlife artist and graphic designer for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the state's Junior Duck Stamp Contest coordinator. "Her painting will make a beautiful stamp."

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

  • Grades K-3: Nicholas Lambert of Pen & Palette Art Studio in Hampstead; Alexandria LeBlanc of Atkinson Academy in Atkinson; and Zachary Medeiros of Trinity Christian School in Concord.
  • Grades 4-6: Robyn French and Juliana Dunlop-Spahr, both private art students of Lizz Van Saun in Henniker; and Michael Medeiros of Trinity Christian School in Concord.
  • Grades 7-9: Hannah Campbell, a homeschooler from Columbia; Benjamin Bolton of Hampstead Academy in Atkinson; and Emily Host of Birchwood Studio in Shelburne.
  • Grades 10-12: Lindsey Rothe of Berlin High School in Berlin.

A display of the winning artwork will be on view at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord, opening in conjunction with Fish and Game's Discover Wild New Hampshire Day event on April 24 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and remaining on view through May 7. Click here to view a gallery of the 2004 first-place winning stamp designs.

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. The contest creates an opportunity for teachers to connect conservation issues with artistic expression.

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