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"Dawn Patrol" by YuChen Li
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NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL 

April 17, 2008
Vol. 38, No. 161

 

For more information, contact Trina Cale-Rosario, Junior Duck Stamp Contest Coordinator, at 302-653-2882, ext. 104, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902. PHOTOS AVAILABLE. Please contact Public Affairs.

 

Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Competition Winners Announced
New Castle’s YuChen Li Wins Best in Show Prize Second Year in a Row

            More than 490 entries created by students in grades K through 12 from all over the state were judged on March 31 in this year’s Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Winners were unveiled April 12 during the Delaware Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Event at Owens Station in Greenwood.

            YuChen Li, a 14-year-old freshman at the Cab Calloway School for the Arts and first place winner for grades 7 through 9, won best of show for her work, “Dawn Patrol,” which depicts a male hooded merganser on the water at sunrise. She also won last year’s contest.

YuChen arrived in the United States in December 2006 from her native Beijing, China and lives with her mother and stepfather, Zhen and Dan Miller, in New Castle. Her winning Duck Stamp entry will be judged in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of the Interior’s National Junior Duck Stamp contest today at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego, Calif.

            Maria Ji, age 12, of Wilmington, a first place winner for grades 7 through 9, attends the Independence School in Newark and was first runner up. Megan Czerwinski, age 17, of Townsend and a first place winner for grades 10 through 12, was second runner up.

            Other winners were (name, age, school/sponsor, town of residence):

GRADES K-3

First place: Jiawel Miao, age 7, parent sponsored, Wilmington

            Grace Smith, age 8, Smith Family Homeschool, Middletown

            Jeh-Leen Zheng, age 8, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Bear

Second place: Juliana Owens, age 8, Pike Creek Christian School, Newark

            Brandon Nyandiba, age 6, Pike Creek Christian School, Newark

            Robyn Willmot, age 8, Pike Creek Christian School, Wilmington

Third place: Vanessa Rupertus, age 8, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middletown

            Megan Morrison, age 8, Pike Creek Christian School, Wilmington

            Sarah Smith, age 5, Smith Family Homeschool, Middletown

GRADES 4-6

First place: Michael Evans, age 13, Phillis Wheatley Middle School, Bridgeville

            Jai Stevenson, age 13, Phillis Wheatley Middle School, Bridgeville

            Elizabeth Eppley, age 10, Pike Creek Christian School, Hockessin 

Second place: Nicholas Diego, age 11, Milton Elementary School, Milton

            Jaime Garcia, age 11, Phillis Wheatley Middle School, Bridgeville

            Autumn Shank, age 12, Pike Creek Christian School, Newark

Third place: Lydia Deaton, age 9, Pike Creek Christian School, Hockessin

            Saba Owens, age 11, Pike Creek Christian School, Newark

            Hannah Smith, age 10, Smith Family Homeschool, Middletown 

GRADES 7-9

First place: Emily Buck, age 13, Phillis Wheatley Middle School, Bridgeville

            Maria Ji, age 12, The Independence School, Wilmington

Second place: Olivia Xu, age 13, sponsor Shuhong Wang, Hockessin

            Melanie Czerwinski, age 12, parent-sponsored, Townsend

Third place: Aaron Prattis, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

            Sanna Zarin, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville

            Chelsea Blades, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Bridgeville 

GRADES 10-12

First place: Benjamin Patterson, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

            David Winston, age 18, Winston Learning Academy, Milford

            Megan Czerwinski, age 17, parent-sponsored, Townsend

Second place: Edward Thompson, age 19, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

            Diana West, age 16, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

            Chelsie Coventry, age 17, Lake Forest High School, Viola

            Patrick Clampitt, age 17, Polytech High School, Smyrna

Third place: Stephen Ware, age 15, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

            Amanda Fabi, age 16, Lake Forest High School, Felton

            Katie Roche, age 17, Woodbridge High School, Greenwood

            All participants in the 14th annual contest received a certificate and a prize from Delaware Ducks Unlimited, while first, second, third and honorable mention received ribbons and prizes from sponsors, plus an invitation to the annual Junior Duck Stamp Workshop and Awards Luncheon. Entries, which should depict a species chosen from a list of North American ducks, were sponsored by teachers and parents associated with nine public schools, five private school and 10 homeschools, plus individuals. Sixty-four students received honorable mentions; a list is available on request.

            The 2008 Junior Duck Stamp judges were: Division of Fish and Wildlife staff members Matt Dibona, Rob Hossler, Robert Jones, Ken Reynolds and Tom Whittendale, with alternate judge Jamie Joachimowski.

            The work of all first place contest winners will be on public display at various locations and special events in the year ahead. For more information about displaying the artwork or about the Delaware Junior Duck Stamp Contest, please contact Trina Cale-Rosario, contest coordinator, 302- 653-2882, ext. 104.

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