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Students From Across America Win Top National Honors in 19th Annual State-Fish Art Contest
5/8/2017
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Wildlife Forever
White Bear Lake, MN - Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 State-Fish Art Contest from across the nation. A distinguished panel of five honorary judges selected the following Top 12 National Awards from the 1st place winners of individual states.

2017 judges included Trisha Blake, FLW Outdoors Amy McGovern, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Suzi Hudson, White Bear Center for the Arts Terry Clayton,Triarce Arts & Crafts and Benjamin McAninch, Director, Wildlife Forever.

And the winners of are…

2017 NATIONAL WINNERS - GRADES 10-12

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The grades 10-12 top honor went to Albert Pei from Union City, California with, "Golden Reefs", his stunning colored pencil drawing of three garibaldi. Second Place was awarded to Sophia Cui of New York. Brandon Li from New Jersey received Third Place.

2017 NATIONAL WINNERS GRADES 7-9

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AnnaLisa (SiYu) Liu from Bellevue, Washington took First Place in grades 7-9 with a captivating watercolor, titled "Pinocchio", of Atlantic sailfish chasing a lure. The Second Place winner was Dionne Chen of New York and Third Place went to Linna Lu, also from New York.

2017 NATIONAL WINNERS GRADES 4-6

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The 4-6 grade category winner is Emily Hsu from Edison, New Jersey with her colored pencil drawing of a pair of humuhumunukunukuapua'a titled "Hawaiian Symphony". Second Place went to Stephanie Li from Georgia and Third Place to Emma Li of New York.

2017 NATIONAL WINNERS GRADES K-3

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Top honors in the "Mighty Minnows" K-3 grades division went to Chen Yu from Atlanta, Georgia, with his acrylic painting, "Mr. Muskellunge". Second Place was awarded to Saanvi Kommineni from North Carolina and Third Place to Bobby Cheni from Louisiana.

2017 ART OF CONSERVATION® AWARD WINNER

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This Award was created in 1999 to honor a young artist's exceptional work as a stamp. We are longer issuing an actual stamp but have revised and expanded the criteria to recognize creativity, originality and unique artwork from across the world. This wonderfully creative colored pencil drawing, titled "Fish Band", features a red drum, a striped bass and a quitar fish! “Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor a very talented 10th grader, South Korean artist Hamin Cho, with the 2017 Art of Conservation® Award," said Douglas H. Grann, Wildlife Forever President and CEO. “This drawing is a great start for a new award. By recognizing the work of students today, we hope to inspire the conservationists of tomorrow."

2017 SMILE AWARD WINNER

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The Smile Award is given to a painting selected from all the contest entries that "makes you feel good inside when you see it. You just can't help but smile!" said Karen Hollingsworth, Manager of State-Fish Art. Daniela Braun. a talented 2nd grader from Boulder, Colorado, is the winner with, "Not a Catfish", her delightful smile-worthy acrylic artwork. Hollingsworth noted, “She also entered this piece in the Invasive Species category including an invasive dogfish and a native catfish. You've just got to smile at her creativity!"

2017 INVADER CRUSADER AWARD WINNER

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The artist winning this year's Invader Crusader was selected from all the entries in the Silent Invader Category. The artist needs to paint not only a state-fish species, but also an invasive species. The 2017 winner is Adele Peng, a 9th grader from Oakton, Virginia, with her stunning ink pen drawing "Contrast". It shows native bluegill swimming in water infested with invasive Eurasian watermilfoil. Invasive species are capable of causing extinctions of native plants and animals, reducing biodiversity, competing with native organisms for limited resources, and altering habitats.

National "FISH MAKE YOU SMARTER AWARDS" will be announced on our website Thursday, May 11th for the best page of writing that is required in addition to the art.

2017 STATE 1st PLACE WINNERS AND NEW WEBSITE
All state winners in the four grade categories from across America and internationally are listed at www.statefishart.org. Our new website will be live online Tuesday, May 30 and display the winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winning art. The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest seeks to involve students in the outdoors through the arts. Students compete in four grade-level divisions: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Deadline for submitting entries to the contest is always March 31 each year.

ABOUT STATE-FISH ART
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest™ is entering its 20th year of bringing children, adults and aquatic conservation together through the Arts. To enter, young artists create an original art illustration of any official State-Fish and one page of writing detailing its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, combining the disciplines of science and art. It is available free on CD and by download. Entries are always due on March 31st. Visit www.StateFishArt.org

Digital images in low and high resolution are available upon request.