Junior Duck Stamps

 New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp 2014 Best of Show


National Junior Duck Stamp First Place Winner


Junior Duck Stamp Contest winning art by Si youn Kim, of Tenafly, NJ

King of the Duck by Si Youn Kim. Group IV First Place.      King Eider.  Acrylic.  “Nature is an inerasable picture”

About the Artist

Si Youn Kim lives in Tenafly, New Jersey. She is 16 years old and studies art at Bon Art Studio in Fort Lee, NJ. “When I first saw the picture of a King Eider, the color and the shape grabbed my attention. After my research, I realized that this duck is much more interesting than what I thought. The King Eider is a sea duck which usually lives along the coast of Alaska, along the Peninsula into Canada. They usually eat mollusks and other marine animals while traveling. The interesting fact that I learned was that the King Eider could dive very deep (82 ft.).  The coast of Alaska is a very cold place. King Eiders only live around high Arctic and sub-Arctic areas. According to my research, the lowest temperature of Alaska is -80°F and the King Eider is born to survive in that cold.

I have been studying art since I was in elementary school. I was really interested in drawing and making things. I always drew things in my sketchbook by myself without any teachers.  After moving to America, I started to learn professional skills from my art teacher who helped me a lot and made me improve.  My favorite mediums are acrylic paintings and charcoals.  I play piano and violin. I used to be in an orchestra (violinist) which helped unfortunate neighbors and I played piano solos in music concerts. When I was young, I was also on the school swimming team and I got certificates from competitions.  I am thinking of studying architecture at either Cornell University, Rhode Island School of Design, or The Cooper Union.”

NJ Best of Show from Previous Years

2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

The Wetlands Institute is the official State of New Jersey site for Junior Duck Stamp entries and judging. Congratulations to all students who entered the 2014 New Jersey Junior Duck Stamp Competition. All of our entries were beautiful interpretations of waterfowl that the students studied and learned how to draw. This year there were over 160 entries received from children all over New Jersey. Over the coming year an exhibit of the top thirty-six winning original works, including New Jersey’s Best of Show, will be sent on tour around New Jersey in a variety of venues, while a display of the artwork will be on permanent exhibit at The Wetlands Institute.

Interested in seeing this artwork for yourself but not able to visit The Wetlands Institute?  Consider visiting one of the exhibit locations on the 2014 tour schedule.  2014 Tour Locations

New Jersey’s Top 36 Winning Artists

Age Group I – Grade K to 3
First Place: Faith Gallagher, Joram Kim, Nathaniel Wenker
Second Place: Kaitlyn Greco, Tatiana Vukicevich, NatashaVukicevich
Third Place: Autumn Bausch, Jakob Krombholz, Tanisha Sahni

Age Group II – Grade 4 to 6
First Place: Erim Hur, Adia Win, Olivia Zuto
Second Place: Cara Chong, Chelsea Lee, Kelly Rouh
Third Place: Zoe Anglum, Stephen Brown, Leah Detwiler

Age Group III – Grade 7 to 9
First Place: Won Seok Choi, June Lee, Suh-Yeon Won
Second Place: Katie Choi, Yubin Lee, Brandon Li
Third Place: Hannah Chen, Jenna Kim, Veronica Theobald

Age Group IV – Grade 10 to 12
First Place Best of Show: Si Youn Kim
First Place: Na Young Lee, Jiyoung Lee
Second Place: Seyoung Jin, Heeyoun Keum, Mina Sohn
Third Place: Linsay Choi, Jane Lee, Justin Park

More Information about the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an integrated science, art, and social studies curriculum developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation.

A Junior Duck Stamp design is a “term paper” in which students use visual rather than verbal articulation to show what they have learned. Participants select a species of North American waterfowl, research the species and its habitat, then depict the waterfowl in an artistic medium.

K-12 students attending public, private, or home schools in the United States are eligible to enter; so long as they are U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or nationals.

First Place National Winner receives a $1,000 cash award and a free trip to participate in the First Day of Sale ceremony in Late June or Early July.

Entries are judged in 4 grade groups (K-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th -12th), with three first place, three second place, three third place, and sixteen honorable mention ribbons awarded. The state Best of Show is selected from the 12 first place winning designs and competes in the national competition in Washington, DC. All National and State winning designs are on display during the year and are returned to the students the following spring.

A free curriculum guide for teachers is available by contacting the Federal Duck Stamp Office, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Room 2058, Washington, DC 20240.

Be sure to check the US Fish & Wildlife Service Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program web site each year, to get up to date artwork requirements, permitted species, and National awards information.

Boy Scout or Girl Scout Group?  Join in our Scouts Only Junior Duck Stamp Workshop.  Click here for complete information including date, pricing and details.

Looking for a unique holiday gift idea?  Consider giving duck stamps!  Click here to find out more.

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