(KFVS) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the winners of the 2012 Illinois Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
The wildlife service said they received more than 300 entries for this year's contest. The Best in Show artwork was created by Justas Varpucanskis, 14, from Mokena, Ill. His artwork was an acrylic painting of a female pintail. It will adavance to the 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest on April 20 at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland.
The winner of the best of show award for the conservation message: "No skyscraper or monument can compare to nature" was Aidan Shervheim of Naperville, Ill. His work will also advance to the national competition.
“Illinois students are fortunate to live along the Mississippi Flyway where ducks are abundant. There were so many beautiful works submitted to the contest. All of the winners have reason to be proud of their accomplishment” said Illinois program coordinator Kim King-Wrenn.