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April 13, 2011

Northern Shoveler by Michaella Wiss
"Taking a Dip," an oil painting of a Northern Shoveler
by Michaella Wiss, age 16, of Weare, N.H., won Best of Show in N.H.'s Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
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Young Weare Artist Earns Top Honors in State Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

CONCORD, N.H. – Michaella Wiss, age 16, of Weare, N.H., has taken top honors among young New Hampshire artists in the 2011 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest.  Wiss’s oil painting of a northern shoveler, entitled “Taking a Dip,” was chosen from among 81 entries as New Hampshire's State Best of Show in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. She will be awarded a $500 scholarship prize made possible by a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Ten other students who entered the contest and earned first-place awards will receive $75 prizes for their entries in the contest. New Hampshire’s portion of the contest was coordinated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. 

A display of the winning artwork in New Hampshire's Junior Duck Stamp contest will open at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H., during Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and will remain on display through May 13, 2011. 

Best of Show Junior Duck Stamp artist Michaella Wiss will be New Hampshire's contestant in the 2011 National Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held on April 15, 2011, at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (near Philadelphia).  Wiss wrote the following conservation message to accompany her artwork: "Conservation is the art of preserving what's most important.”

“Michaella's painting was very well done, and she will represent New Hampshire proudly at the national competition,” said Ellen Macneil, who coordinates New Hampshire's Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

An online gallery of New Hampshire’s first-place winning entries can be seen at Fish and Game’s website at www.wildnh.com/Education/Jr_Duck/Junior_Duck_Gallery_11.htm.  

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

  • Grades K-3: Ella Erwin, age 8, of Bedford; John Erwin, age 8 of Goffstown; and Russell Erwin, age 6, of Bedford.  All are students of Erwin Home Art.

  • Grades 4-6:  Magnus Johnson, age 10, of North Hampton; Samantha Merrill, age 11, of Stratham; and Caren Connor, age 11, of Fremont.  All are students of the Barn Art Studio in Exeter.

  • Grades 7-9:  Megan Michel, age 13, of Greenland, a student of Barn Art Studio; Zoe Railing, age 12, of Greenland, a student of the Barn Art Studio; and Katie Blonski, age 12, of Brentwood, a student of the Seacoast Charter School.

  • Grades 10-12:  Michaella Wiss, age 16, of Weare; and Morgan Monty, age 16, of Stoddard.

The U.S. Fish & 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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