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April 21, 2005

"Mallards at Springtime" by Elizabeth Beaudoin, age 18, of Derry, won Best of Show
 

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

CONCORD, N.H. -- Elizabeth Beaudoin, age 18, of Derry, has won top honors among young New Hampshire artists in the 2005 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest. Elizabeth's colored pencil drawing of two mallards, entitled "Mallards at Springtime," was chosen from among 171 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 Pen and Palette Art Studio in Hampstead, will be New Hampshire's contestant in the 2005 national Junior Duck Stamp Contest which takes place on April 23 in Ocean City, Maryland.

"Elizabeth has created a piece of artwork that is beautifully detailed, she is a very talented young artist," 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.

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

  • Grades K-3: Caroline Casey of Pen & Palette Art Studio in Hampstead; David Harrison of Seacoast Charter School in Exeter; and Colleen Willis of Symonds School in Keene.

  • Grades 4-6: Aaron Platka, a homeschooler from Grafton; Kiah Walker of Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School in Hillsboro; and Lindsay Wells, a homeschooler from Bow.

  • Grades 7-9: Emily Host of Birchwood Studio in Shelburne; and Juliette Kassas and Daris Kenter of Hampstead Academy in Atkinson.

  • Grades 10-12: Elizabeth Beaudoin of Pen & Palette Art Studio in Hampstead; Kayleigh Lemieux of Nashua High School North; and Alyssa Ribitzki of Barn Art Studio in Exeter.

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 30 (from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and remaining on view through May 13.

To view the first-place winning entries, click here.

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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