Cory McMillan’s pastel drawing of a wood duck was selected over 643 other submissions as Maine’s entry’s in the 2009 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.—JACQUELINE WEAVER

Lamoine Student’s Duck Stamp Design Advances to National Competition



Cory McMillan’s pastel drawing of a wood duck was selected over 643 other submissions as Maine’s entry’s in the 2009 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.—JACQUELINE WEAVER
Cory McMillan’s pastel drawing of a wood duck was selected over 643 other submissions as Maine’s entry’s in the 2009 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.—JACQUELINE WEAVER

LAMOINE — Cory McMillan has never thought of himself as an artist, but he might be rethinking that after his richly hued pastel drawing of a wood duck was selected over 643 other submissions from 15 schools as Maine’s entry in the 2009 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.

The drawing by the eighth-grader at Lamoine Consolidated School won Best of Show in the state competition, which was judged at the Camden Public Library March 23. The drawing is now in Washington, D.C., where it will compete April 22 with submissions from other states in the national contest.

The contest is organized each year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of a program that teaches students in grades K-12 about wetlands and waterfowl conservation. It is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Contest for adult artists.

Regardless of the outcome on the national level, Cory’s artwork will be included in an exhibit that will tour the United States for the coming year.

Shelby Fortier, the second place winner in the contest, is a 7th grade student in the Hancock Grammar School.

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Nicole Ouellette

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