From left are Salmon Prairie students Charlene Kesterson,
Crystal Dorne, and Sarah Rubey.
Story & Photo by Suzanne Vernon
For the Pathfinder
May 7, 1998
Three Salmon Prairie students won awards in the annual Montana Junior Duck Stamp competition held earlier this spring.
The Salmon Prairie students that took second place honors in their age groups are: Sarah Rubey, 8, in the K-3 grade division; Crystal Dorne, 11, in the 4-6 grade division. Charleen Kesterson, 12, took third place honors for her duck stamp entry in the 4-6 grade division.
All of the students at Salmon Prairie School submitted artwork for the competition. More than 400 Montana students submitted drawings, paintings and pastel designs of ducks, geese, swans and other waterfowl. The state winners go on to national competition. The national winning design will be used for the next year's Junior Duck Stamp. A 12-year old Missoula boy won the state competition this year.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is supported in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which encourages conservation education through art. The Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville sponsors the statewide program.