Illinois Department of Natural Resources  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2010

Abraham Hunter of Vienna, Illinois, Wins the 2010 Illinois Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Abraham Hunter, a home-schooled student from Vienna, Illinois, won “Best of Show” honors during the Illinois segment of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Director Marc Miller announced today.

Hunter’s acrylic painting entitled, “Bluewing Takeoff,” depicts a pair of blue-winged teal ducks shedding water drops from their wings as they arise. The winning artwork has been entered in the national competition to be held April 23 at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota. Hunter has won the Illinois “Best of Show” honors in Illinois for three consecutive years. His previous “Best of Show” efforts in Illinois have earned Honorable Mention and Second Place in the national competitions.

Illinois’ “Best of Show” and all first-, second- and third-place winning entries can be viewed at http://dnr.state.il.us/education/classrm/ribbon/main.htm. Winners in the Honorable Mention category are listed by name.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest’s goal is to teach environmental science through the arts. The Junior Duck Stamp program is patterned on the adult Federal Duck Stamp Contest. The winning national entry will grace the 2010-2011 Federal Junior Duck Stamp and will be featured on limited edition prints and other licensed products. The national first-place artist will receive $5,000.

Hunter’s “Best of Show” design was chosen from a group of 12 first-place winners in four categories: Group IV – grades 10-12; Group III – grades 7-9; Group II – grades 4-6; and Group I – grades K-3. Three first-, second- and third- place winners were selected in each age group, along with 16 honorable mention designations. There were 480 entries. Entrants are from public, private and home schools as well as private art studios.

Hunter’s work was judged a first-place winner in Group IV. The two other winners in this division were Cassie Criminger (Bureau Valley High School, Manlius) and Melissa Gloria (Bureau Valley High School, Manlius).

Group III winners include Maggie Stolfa (Epiphany Catholic School, Normal), Krista Naaktgeboren (Bureau Valley High School, Manlius) and Alexandra Grubb (home-schooled, Pleasant Plains).

Nandu Dubey (Grayslake), Katie Milani (Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale) and Victoria Tu (Wood Oaks Junior High School, Northbrook) were the first-place winners for Group II.

Camryn Parker (home-schooled, McLeansboro), Nick Williams (Walker Art Studio, Havana) and Damon Bailey (Deer Park Elementary School, Ottawa) were awarded first place in Group I.

For his effort, Hunter will receive a variety of gifts and recognitions from the IDNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. All students who place first, second, third or honorable mention receive a ribbon. All participants receive a certificate.

This annual contest is part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, administered in Illinois by the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the IDNR. For more information, contact the IDNR Division of Education at DNR.Teachkids@illinois.gov or 217/524-4126.

A list of first- through third-place winners is below.

Place Student School Teacher
Group I
Grades K-3
 
1 Damon Bailey Deer Park Elementary School, Ottawa Larisa Sarver
Nick Williams Walker Art Studio, Havana Tami Walker
Camryn Parker Home-schooled, McLeansboro Jennifer Parker
2 James Wagoner Walker Art Studio, Havana Tami Walker
Autumn Tennison New Hebron Christian School, Robinson Laurel Adams
Jacklyn Alfred Costello Elementary School, Lyons Katie Stuart
3 Nalaney Guyer New Hebron Christian School, Robinson Laurel Adams
Vincent Carmona Costello Elementary School, Lyons Katie Stuart
John Baybutt Calvin Academy, North Aurora Vickie Baybutt
Group II
Grades 4-6
 
1 Victoria Tu Wood Oaks Junior High School, Northbrook Susan Chang
Katie Milani Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale Rebecca Banasiak
Nandu Dubey Grayslake Anima Dubey
2 Julia Walchessen Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale Rebecca Banasiak
Wyatt Aldrich Mazon Middle School, Mazon Julie Geyer
Thomas Goodman New Hebron Christian School, Robinson Laurel Adams
3 Colt Aldrich Mazon Elementary School, Mazon Julie Geyer
Jon Kartawich New Hebron Christian School, Robinson Laurel Adams
Cooper Hutchinson Walker Art Studio, Havana Tami Walker
Group III
Grades 7-9
 
1 Krista Naaktgeboren Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Maggie Stolfa Epiphany Catholic School, Normal John Smyth
Alexandra Grubb Home-schooled, Pleasant Plains Melissa Grubb
2 Reynaldo Rodriguez Westchester Middle School, Westchester Theony Demakis
Tyler DeBrock Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Brandi DeWaele Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
3 Shannon Geary Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Layla Benson Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Bailey Johnson Rockford Lutheran Junior/Senior High School, Rockford Mrs. Morris
Group IV
Grades 10-12
 
1 Abraham Hunter Home-schooled, Vienna Karla Hunter
Cassie Criminger Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Melissa Gloria Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
2 Randall Michael Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Leslyan Huffman Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Cristin Reilly Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
3 Adam Jordan Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Gracelynn Dale Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth
Bailey Roberts Bureau Valley High School, Manlius Sheila Heth