Thursday, September 24, 2009
Art contest entries hailed as best yet
By SUE WATSON
Audubon’s Hummingbird Art Contest drew lots of entries and some of the best art yet was submitted for judging, according to Katie Boyle and Bubba Hubbard with Strawberry Plains.
The contest for school children draws lots of local interest in the Hummingbird Celebration weekend, is used as an educational experience for youngsters, and brings students from all area schools together with their parents around one event.
Boyle provided some brief facts about hummingbirds’ annual fall migration from North America across 500 miles of waters of the Gulf of Mexico to South America. The birds store up lots of energy in body fat on their way south where they will fly 20 hours non-stop from the Gulf Coast to Mexico.
When they arrive, the birds collapse on the beach and rest, Boyle said.
She praised the students for creating great art this year.
“You all did a great job,” she said. “You’ve got some great teachers. We really couldn’t believe how wonderful your art work is.”
She said four judges had a hard time choosing the winners.
“You are all winners,” Hubbard said.
Boyle told students that naturalist John J. Audubon drew birds in their natural habitats - not only what the birds looked like but what they liked to eat and what types of plants they liked.
Children were invited to visit the Kids’ Tent, the nature hike, learn to use binoculars and see the exhibits of live animals over the weekend (September 11-13) at Strawberry Plains Audubon.
The art contest entries will be on display inside the Marshall County Library until the end of September.
Art Contest Winners
• 6-8 Age Group – first place, Emonee Howard; second, Cole Raistnick; third, Nicole Oliver.
• 9-11 Age Group – first place, Devondre Bassett; second, Mallory Cullen; third, Jaylen Echols.
• 12-15 Age Group – first place, Kyle Martin; second, Kristina Luther; third, Samantha Harris.
Those winners who were not present at the art contest ceremony at the library are asked to contact Boyle at 662-252-1155 to make arrangements to get their prize.
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