Powell High School dominates state duck stamp contest

Posted 5/24/22

Three Powell High School underclassmen outperformed the competition during the 2022 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp contest.

Powell High School freshman Sophia Petrie won best of show for her duck …

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Powell High School dominates state duck stamp contest

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Three Powell High School underclassmen outperformed the competition during the 2022 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp contest.

Powell High School freshman Sophia Petrie won best of show for her duck stamp, while freshman Grace Lengfelder won the Conservation Message category. Sophomore Stephen Williams was runner-up for the best of show duck stamp.

The Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp competition is an annual competition organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to its website, the contest is the final event of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. Students are able to create a duck stamp using their new knowledge, or write a short conservation message. Winners of the state competitions have the opportunity to move on to the National Junior Duck Stamp contest.

Petrie won best of show for her colored pencil drawing of a fulvous whistling duck and Williams won runner-up for his colored pencil drawing of a redhead. 

“I honestly didn’t expect to get it as a freshman because I definitely made some mistakes along the way that I wish I would have went back and fixed because I feel like if I had done that maybe I would have went further in nationals,” Petrie said.

Powell High School art teacher Jim Gilman required his Art 1 students to create their duck stamps with colored pencils. This was not the preferred medium for both Petrie and Williams but they enjoyed the challenge and look forward to next year.

“It feels pretty good. Art is my passion and I’m pretty good at it. My family has encouraged me a lot,” Williams said.

Williams prefers working with acrylics but was also able to complete an oil paint duck stamp this year in vocational arts, which he hopes to submit next year.

Petrie also prefers paints and looks forward to being able to choose her own medium next year.

Grace Lengfelder won Conservation Message for “Conservation is important to me because the land and animals came before us, it’s only fair that we take care of their homes.”

Lengfelder said she appreciates the idea of conservation and that “animals were here first and we’re just overtaking their homes and they’re important for us for sustenance.”

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