Fifteen Oregon High School artists were honored last month for their artwork submitted to the annual U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Junior Federal Duck Stamp competition.

Abigail Klahn, Chatchanun ‘Nancy’ Suriyaammaranon, Alexis Kane, Sawyer Wilkinson, Claudia Jones, Kailie Sweeney, Myles McKnight, Hannah Matt, Madeline Fischer, Haley DeGroot, Caitlin Curtis and Amanda Walker received “honorable mentions,”

Anna Enfield and Hannah Fitch tied for third place, Abigail Fischer earned a second place and Caitlyn Diaz won a first place. Diaz, an OHS junior, finished in the first round of voting, losing the top spot by four points in the second round tiebreaker.

The contest drew 379 entries from students across the state, with the top 100 earning recognition for their artwork. The national winning artwork will be created into the 2017-2018 Junior Duck Stamp and sold for $5 to support conservation education.

While the event helps the art department meet many state and national standards to include environmental education into the curriculum, OHS art instructor Michael Derrick said he likes to use the competition as a way to introduce cross-curriculum education to his art students.

“The event is a fantastic avenue to use STEAM in the classroom,” he wrote in an email to the Observer, noting that the contest provides “a chance for the art students to learn some history, biology, the importance of their local environment and conservation in one neat package.”

Traveling exhibit

The top 36 winning entries from the state of Wisconsin will be showcased in two traveling displays across the state through March 2018. For a schedule of the traveling display locations, or for more information about the contest, contact the WI Junior Duck Stamp State Coordinator at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge at 608.565.2551 or email Necedah@fws.gov.

Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.