Campbell County High School senior Brandon Sharp of LaFollette won the overall 2008 Tennessee Federal Junior Duck Stamp art competition. The Best of Show award winner was of a pair of mallards. TWF, along with TWRA and Bass Pro Shops are partners in the event sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
More than 400 individuals entered Tennessee’s 14th Junior Duck Stamp Contest in four different age group categories. There were 11 other finalists for the Best of Show as a result of their first place award. First place winners included Kindergarten-Third Grade; Simeon Hinchman (Chattanooga), Juli-Cait Castellaw and Garrett Moore (both of Dyersburg), Fourth-Six Grade; Joanna Rush (Chattanooga), and Logan Rummells and Hailey McKee (both of Dyersburg), Seventh-Ninth Grade; Thomas Fawcett (Bolivar), Heather Calfee (Cookeville), and Callie Oldfield (Joelton), 10th-12th Grade; Alyssa Skillman (Chattanooga), and Brittany Hall (Dyersburg).
Ribbons, plaques, and other prizes were presented to the top 100 winners at an awards ceremony at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville on May 3. Sharp received a $1,000 scholarship, provided by known stamp collector former Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commissioner and long-time supporter of the event, Mrs. Jeanette Rudy.
Sharp’s winning artwork will move on to the national competition held at the San Diego Zoo in California along with the winners from the other 50 states and District of Columbia. The winner of the national competition will be used as the design for the 2008-2009 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The winner’s artwork will travel throughout the country on display in galleries and wildlife museums for one year.