EDGEFIELD, S.C. —The National Wild Turkey Federation congratulates Nicole Jeon on her recent selection as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2019-20 Junior Duck Stamp winner. The 16-year-old New Yorker’s submission of an acrylic harlequin duck painting took top honors in the contest designed to raise funds to educate and engage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation and outdoor recreation.
Ross Melinchuk, NWTF vice president of conservation, sat on the panel of five judges and helped select the winning entry. Jeon’s painting was one of the best-of-show entries from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“The NWTF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service care deeply about conservation through education — something this contest fosters in our nation’s youth,” Melinchuk said. “It truly was an honor to receive the invitation to sit on the judging panel, and I was amazed by the sheer talent displayed by all artists whose art I helped to judge.”
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science- based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles, and challenges them to share what they have learned.
In 2018, more than 20,000 youth participated in state and territory Junior Duck Stamp art contests. The top three artists at the national level receive scholarships, and students also receive awards at the state level. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner receives $1,000; second place winner receives $500; and the third-place winner receives $200.
For complete contest results, visit http://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php.
Junior Duck Stamps are available for purchase online or through the U.S. Postal Service, Amplex and some national wildlife refuges. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps pay for contest awards and scholarships, as well as funding for schools and other participants that further conservation education activities related to the goals of the program.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org