Citronelle 6th Grader Wins Big in National Fish Art Contest

Madelyn Howard, a 6th grader from Lott Middle School in Citronelle, Ala., has won 2nd place in the Best of Show category for Grades 4-6 in the Wildlife Forever State Fish Art Contest. Madelyn received the award for her painting of a breaching sailfish during the State-Fish Art Expo held at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. on Aug 1.
 
Madelyn’s win at the State-Fish Art Expo showcases the artistic talent of Alabama’s students and draws attention to the diversity of fish species in our state,” said Barnett Lawley, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner. “We are very proud of her.”
 
The nationwide contest encourages young artists to draw and learn about state-fish from across the country. The students also compete for art scholarships to attend the Art Institutes International Minnesota. The contest is open to all students in grades 4-12. Entries are separated into three grade categories: 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Winning contestants from every state are honored in each category and have the opportunity to attend the State-Fish Art Expo.
 
In addition to Madelyn Howard, the 2009 Alabama winners include: 7th grader Taylor Perkins from Floyd Middle Magnet School in Montgomery, and 11th grader Anna Riley from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. (click here to see their artwork)
 
Wildlife Forever is a non-profit conservation organization based in Minnesota that works to preserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and scientific management of fish and wildlife species. Wildlife Forever projects in Alabama include the Alabama Goose Restoration Project, Flint Creek fish habitat improvements, and the Tsinia Wildlife Viewing Area at Alabama’s Tuskegee National Forest.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.