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Statewide Winners Announced in Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/6/2014)

Top Artwork Displayed at Go Fish Education Center in Perry

Twelve elementary school children have been selected as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. Almost 2,500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students from 21 public schools, private schools and homeschool groups participated in the 24th 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
First place: Meredith Schneider, Arnold Mill Elementary, Woodstock
Second: Charlie Pate, Tiftarea Academy, Chula
Third: Trip Perno, St. Joseph Catholic School, Athens

Division 2: First-second grade
First: Madeleine Ensley, South Effingham Elementary, Guyton
Second: Jesse Tyre, Bacon County 4-H (homeschool), Alma
Third: Julie Funk, Tiftarea Academy, Chula

Division 3: Third-fourth grade
First: Jess Willadsen, Museum School of Avondale Estates, Decatur
Second: Katie Kersey, Pike County Elementary, Meansville
Third: Tyshawn Irving, Howard B. Stroud Elementary, Athens

Division 4: Fifth grade
First: Emma Chester, Mount Vernon Elementary, Gainesville
Second: Kayleigh Sumner, Centralhatchee Elementary, Franklin
Third: Addie Forche, St. Joseph Catholic School, Athens

Participants entered at the local school level with drawings and paintings depicting their observations of Georgia’s native plants and animals. The 2014 contest theme was “Plug into Nature!” 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.

All pieces are showcased on the Wildlife Resources Division’s Flickr site, www.flickr.com/photos/wildliferesourcesdivision (in the “Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest” album).

This artwork also is on display at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry until May 16.

The center, next to the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter off Interstate 75, is open to the public 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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