Emery Dobitz, the 17 year old Best of Show winner from Killdeer, ND, used acrylic paints for her presentation of the ring-necked duck in a wetland habitat.
Emery also wrote a conservation message explaining what she learned about wetland conservation and the importance of conserving habitat for wildlife – her message is: “Conserving wildlife habitat is important to me, because I feel that we as people need to take care of the beautiful world that we live in.’’
Emery is a junior at the Killdeer Public School, and credits her family and her art teacher in school for encouraging her to utilize her artistic abilities. Emery said “my mom is a really good artist, and my teacher, Cherie Roshau, had a lot of pictures of waterfowl and they both encouraged me to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest.” In her free time, Emery enjoys painting, crafting, hanging out with friends, camping, and fishing.
On April 17th, Emery’s artwork will compete at the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest, along with other state and U.S. territory entries. The contest will be held at the National Training Conservation Center in West Virginia. The first place winner of the national contest will $1,000 and have their art entry made into a Junior Duck Stamp that is sold for $5, with proceeds from these stamps supporting conservation education programs. The second place winner will receive $500 and the third