Ripley High School students made quite an impression on this year’s West Virginia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. Freshman Madison Greathouse won first place, Senior Rachel Stanley was awarded third place, and Sophomores Schuyler Stover and Brooke King both received honorable mentions.This year’s first place winner Madison Greathouse said, “I was really excited when my mom told me that I had won. We were making spaghetti at the time and I started jumping up and down. Sauce flew everywhere!”
Greathouse’s artwork will be sent in to be judged nationally. Her subject was a female American Black Duck.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service created the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design program (JDS) in 1989 to spread awareness on wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. In 1993, the program began the national art and stamp contest to get students involved, allowing them to learn as they create. More than 27,000 students enter the competition each year. The winning design from the national contest is used to create the year’s Junior Duck Stamps which are sold by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation consignees for $5 per stamp. All the proceeds from the stamps support conservation education, and provide scholarships and awards for the students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program. The new stamps are released on July 1 of each year.
Ripley High School has been participating in the competition for at least ten years and has a modest list of past winners including Zeke Freshour who was a two-time winner. Congratulations to the honorees!