2012 NJ DEP Native Fish Art and Writing Contest Winners Honored

Native Fish Art and Writing Contest Winners Honored

Erin M.  ::  1st place  ::  4th Grade  ::  South Harrison Elementary School

Isabella G.  ::  2nd place  ::  4th Grad  ::  Washington Park School

Ava F.  ::  1st place  ::  5th Grade  ::  Malcolm S. Mackay School

Liam S.  ::  2nd place  ::  5th Grade  ::  Millstone River School

Nick P.  ::  1st place  ::  6th Grade  ::  Brass Castle Elementary School

Tyler D.  ::  2nd place  ::  6th Grade  ::  South Harrison Elementary School

Timmy Y.  ::  1st place  ::  7th Grade  ::  Scicore Academy

Galina B.  ::  2nd place  ::  7th Grade  ::  Jefferson Elementary School

April 10, 2012

The winning entrants in the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Native Fish Art and Writing Contest were honored at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center in Oxford, Warren County, on the opening day of trout season, April 7.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and DEP Commissioner Bob Martin were on hand to meet contest winners and their families, as they enjoyed a morning of fishing at the Pequest Fishing Education Pond. The weather was beautiful and sunny and everyone had a great time catching trout. Fish and Wildlife staff and volunteers assisted anglers to ensure they had a safe and enjoyable fishing experience.

After fishing, the winners of the contest received certificates and fishing equipment at an awards luncheon sponsored by the New Jersey Council of Trout Unlimited. Lt. Governor Guadagno and Commissioner Martin spoke at the luncheon and assisted with the awards ceremony, praising the winners for their excellent artwork and essays.

After the luncheon, winners had the opportunity to take a personal tour of the Pequest Hatchery and learn how brook, brown and rainbow trout are raised for stocking in New Jersey’s publicly accessible waterways.

The purpose of this annual contest is to encourage children in grades 4 through 7 to learn about New Jersey’s native fish species, and the importance of natural resource conservation. Students from around the state researched a native fish of New Jersey. They used the information learned to write a short story about one year in the life of that fish. Students then drew a picture that depicted a scene from their native fish story.

Visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/fishart_cert.pdf (pdf, 155kb) for a downloadable certificate for every student who participated in the contest.

Visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2012/fshartwinnrs12.htm for the official NJ DEP page.

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