Area students win awards in art contest

Home-schooled students from Fort Worth and Keller are among the winners announced today in the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest.

Wildlife Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving America’s wildlife heritage. The contest required students in grades 4 through 12 to draw a picture of any officially recognized state fish and to write an essay about the fish’s behavior, habitat and the efforts to conserve it.

Home schooled fourth-grader Dominic Nedzelskyi of Keller placed second in the 4-6 division and Cali Stewart, a home-schooled 11th grader from Fort Worth, placed second in the grades 10-12 division. Stewart won $750 and Nedzelskyi’s prize is a $75 savings bond.

First place ($100 savings bond) in the 4-6 division went to Rama Imad, 5th grade from Falcon Pass Elementary School in Houston. Third place ($50 bond) went to August McBride, a sixth-grader from New Diana Middle School in Diana.

In the grades 7-9, the winner ($100 bond) was Madeline Aguilar, ninth grade, Wylie East High School in Wylie. Bonnie Leung, eight grade, from Lake Travis Middle School in Austin was second ($75 bond) and Trent Kelley, ninth grade, from Quitman High School in Quitman was third ($50 bond).

First place in grades 10-12 ($1,000) was won by Kevin Hopper, a 12th-grader at Athens High School in Athens and third place ($500) went to Kaitlin Andress, also an Athens High School 12th-grader.

The three first-place winners will receive financial assistance for travel and lodging to attend the national competition in July at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn.

Honorable mention in the Texas contest included Mary Campbell, a home-schooled sixth grader in Fort Worth; Keisha St. John, fifth grade, Bridgeport Intermediate School in Bridgeport; Piercen Lawrence, ninth grade, Highland Park High School in Dallas; Stanislav Nedzelskyi, a home-schooled seventh grade in Keller; Tiffanie Forbus, 12th grade, Stephenville High School in Stephenville; Jose Cardenas, eighth grade, Sam Tasby Middle School in Dallas; and Molly Atkins, seventh grade, Aledo Middle School in Aledo.