Several local children placed in the Alaska competition of the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
Lucas White took first place in the K-3 grade group, and Malina Fagan took first in the 4-6 group. Sakura Witherow and Joshua Leiva both took second in the K-3 group.
Journey Wunch took first place in the conservation message category in the 4-6 group with “Healthy Habitat = Healthy People.” Ten Kodiak students took honorable mentions.
The competition begins with local programs for learning about ducks. Children choose a species, learn about it and then draw it for their state, district or territory competition. Three first, second and third places and sixteen honorable mentions are awarded in four grade categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 for a total of 100 awards.
One entry is chosen from among the 12 first-place winners as Best in Show. That winner then competes in the national competition in Washington, D.C. The Best in Show conservation message also competes nationally.
Madonna Allen from Dot Lake, a small town between Delta Junction and Tok, took Best in Show for Alaska with her drawing with watercolor pencils of a wood duck.
Macey Brassard from Sitka took the conservation message best in show for Alaska with “Just a few bucks can save 1,000 ducks!”
All of the winning artwork from Alaska will be on display at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center until at least June 15.
Si youn Kim, a 16-year-old from New Jersey, won the national competition with an acrylic painting of a king eider duck, which will be made into the official 2014-2015 junior duck stamp.