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Statewide Winners Announced in Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/25/2013)

Top Artwork Displayed at Go Fish Education Center

Fourteen elementary school children have been selected as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. Almost 1,800 kindergarten through fifth-grade students from 20 public schools, private schools and homeschool groups took part in the 23rd annual conservation art competition, according to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Statewide winners in the four grade divisions included:

Division 1: Kindergarten
1st place: Ryan O’Connor, St. Joseph Catholic Parish School, Athens
2nd place: Clara Kropp, The Museum School of Avondale Estates, Decatur
3rd place: Riley Mounger, Pine Log Elementary, Rydal

Division 2: 1st-2nd grade
1st: Andrew Edwards, Pike Primary School, Zebulon
2nd: Maya Frazier, The Museum School of Avondale Estates, Decatur
3rd: Ann Catherine Walker, Tiftarea Academy, Chula

Division 3: 3rd-4th grade
1st: Cameron Rogers, Ephesus Elementary, Roopville
2nd: Sydney Irons, Pine Log Elementary, Rydal
3rd: Anabelen Reyes, Kingsley Elementary, Dunwoody
Honorable mention: Abbigail Dover, Centralhatchee Elementary, Franklin

Division 4: 5th grade
1st: Caroline Jones, Centralhatchee Elementary, Franklin
2nd: Anna Montgomery, Mount Vernon Elementary, Gainesville
3rd: Audrey Mixon, Pine Log Elementary, Rydal
Honorable mention: Callie Delinger, St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Athens

Participants entered at the local school level with drawings and paintings depicting their observations of Georgia’s native plants and animals. The 2013 contest theme was “Everyone Can Be a Citizen Scientist!”

Drawings were judged based on aspects such as theme, originality and the quality and impact of the artwork. Top school-level entries proceeded to the state contest at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens.

The 12 first-, second- and third-place winners’ artwork will be featured in the 2013-2014 Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest school-year calendar. All pieces, including honorable mentions, are showcased on the Wildlife Resources Division’s Flickr site, www.flickr.com/photos/wildliferesourcesdivision.

The artwork will also be displayed at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry April 26-May 12. The center is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. While there, visitors can take an educational journey through Georgia’s watersheds to learn about our diverse aquatic wildlife, their natural habitats and the impacts of water pollution. Included are live fish exhibits, underwater habitats from mountain streams to black water swamps, interactive fishing and boating simulators, and plenty of aquatic wildlife, even live alligators!

Visit www.gofisheducationcenter.com for directions, fees and operating hours.

The Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest is sponsored by the DNR Wildlife Resources Division, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network Inc., or TERN, friends group of the Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section. For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/PosterContest or contact the Nongame Conservation Section office in Social Circle at (706) 557-3226.

Georgians can support important conservation, recreation and education efforts as well as other programs for Georgia’s nongame wildlife by purchasing a bald eagle or hummingbird license plate or donating directly to the Nongame Conservation Section. This agency receives no state appropriations for its mission to conserve nongame wildlife, native plants and natural habitats.

Learn more at www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/support.

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