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Native Fish Art and Writing Contest Winners Honored

April 14, 2010

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 10.

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin was on hand to meet contest winners and their families, as they enjoyed a morning of fishing at the Pequest Fishing Education Pond. The trout were biting, and everyone had a great time catching large numbers of these beautiful gamefish. 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. 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.

The 2010 Fish Art and Writing Contest winners are as follows:

Jackson Tilves Flanders 1st 4th
James Carney River Edge 2nd 4th
Jessie Fan Cranbury 1st 5th
Ryan Siddique Lawrenceville 2nd 5th
Brendan Werth Princeton Junction 1st 6th
Martin Czajkowski Clifton 2nd 6th
Cole DeAngelo Barnegat 1st 7th
Gracielle Luna Belleville 2nd 7th

Visit (pdf, 155kb) for a downloadable certificate for every student who participated in the contest.

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