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Native Fish Art and Writing Contest Winners Honored

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.

The 2012 Fish Art and Writing Contest winners are as follows:

Erin McShea 1st 4th South Harrison Elementary School
Isabella Guarente 2nd 4th Washington Park School
Ava Florczak 1st 5th Malcolm S. Mackay School
Liam Stern 2nd 5th Millstone River School
Nick Paruta 1st 6th Brass Castle Elementary School
Tyler Davis 2nd 6th South Harrison Elementary School
Timmy Yesalavage 1st 7th Scicore Academy
Galina Bello 2nd 7th Jefferson Elementary School

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

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