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August 5, 2013

State-Fish Art Contest

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 6:40 am

Students From 10 states Win Top National Honors in 15th Annual State-Fish Art Contest

Washington State student “best of the best”

Winners of Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest and their families assembled in
Perry, Georgia on July 12th and 13th at the Go Fish Education Center. The Awards Ceremony was held at the
delightful Perry Players Community Theatre. States across the nation were represented by the attending
children who were 1st place winners of their individual states. Adding to the overall excitement was the discovery
of whose fish art won the coveted National Awards chosen from all the winning entries.

SETH THOMAS SPRADLIN BEST OF SHOW AWARD
The Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show Award is the top honor, given to one piece selected as the “best of the
best” from all winning entries. The recipent of this award was Jiwon Yu, a talented 11th grader from Shoreline,

Washington, with her exceptional drawing of a steelhead trout.2013 ART OF CONSERVATION STAMP AWARD

Ellen Vance, an 11th grader from Batesburg, South Carolina, is the 2013 winner of the coveted Art of
Conservation™ Stamp Award with her powerful painting of a striped bass.

“Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor the talented South Carolina artist, Ellen Vance with the 2013 Art of
Conservation™ Stamp Award,” said Douglas H. Grann, Wildlife Forever president and CEO. “This honor is
awarded to the student whose winning design becomes part of the State-Fish Art Stamp Collection. By
recognizing the work of students today, we hope to inspire the conservationists of tomorrow.”

Ellen’s painting is available as a collector’s stamp. Both as a single stamp and a souvenir sheet. Proceeds from
sales of the stamp help fund the State-Fish Art Contest. Both versions of this year’s, and past years, stamps can
be purchased in the Wildlife Forever’s online store.


2013 SMILE AWARD
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. Katie
O’Shields, an 11th grader from Jasper, Georgia, was the winner with her smileworthy painting of a largemouth
bass eyeballing a rather nervous worm.


2013 INVADER CRUSADER AWARD
This is the 2nd year for presenting the Invader Crusader Award! The winner is selected from all the entries in the
Silent Invader Category for which the artist paints not only a state-fish species, but also an invasive species.
Erin Werner, a 5th grader from Sante Fe, Texas, won with her channel bass swimming near an invasive red
lionfish. Her unique perspective captivated the judges.


2013 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Asmaa Alothman, a first grader from North Carolina, received the People’s Choice Award for her channel bass.
Voting by the public took place both online and then at the Go Fish Education Center prior to the EXPO Awards
Ceremony. Over 24,000 views for the contest in this national award!


2013 – 1ST PLACE INTERNATIONAL AWARD GRADES 7-9
A special addition to the Awards Ceremony was a winner traveling all the way from the Philippines to claim her
1ST Place award in the International Category for Grades 7-9. Jamia Mei Tolentino, a talented 8th grader, was
honored for her painting of a bluegill.

National first, second and third place “TOP 12” awards were given in each of four grade-level divisions.


2013 “TOP 12” NATIONAL 1ST PLACE WINNER GRADES K-3
Top Honors in the “Mighty Minnows” K-3 grades division went to Angelina Drost of South Carolina with her
painting of striped bass. Second Place was awarded to Ian Wang from Massachusetts and Third Place
to Chanhee Kwak from Washington.


2013 “TOP 12” 2ND PLACE NATIONAL WINNER GRADES 4-6
The 4-6 grade category was topped by Erin Werner, the winner of the Invader Crusader Award, with Second
Place going, for the second year in a row, to Mariya Grabovska from California and Third Place to Tiffany Lin of
Florida.


2013 “TOP 12” 1ST PLACE NATIONAL WINNER GRADES 7-9
Anastasia Golyakova of Washington took First Place in grades 7-9 with her beautiful steelhead trout painting.
The Second Place winner was Soyoung Park of New Jersey and Third Place went to Alice Feng from
California.


2013 “TOP 12” 2ND PLACE NATIONAL WINNER GRADES 10-12
The grades 10-12 top honor went to Jiwon Yu the Best of Show winner. Second Place was awarded to Marisa
Lu of Maryland. Brady King from Texas received Third Place.

All 142 state and international winners from 48 states, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico and the Philippines can be
viewed at http://www.statefishart.org.

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