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2020 Art Contest Winners Announced

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The judges have decided, and the winners are in! The ANHC, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Arkansas Field Office have chosen the student winners for the 2020 Endangered Species Day (ESD) Art Contest. In its 11th year, the Arkansas contest provides students an opportunity to learn about threatened, endangered, and at-risk species in Arkansas.

In order to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, this year’s panel of judges made selections virtually rather than in person. Each judge viewed scanned files of the artwork and entered points for each category of criteria into a spreadsheet. The points from all the judges were then compiled and the winners were selected. In the past, the judges met in person and selections were made at that time.

Despite challenges and hardships due to COVID-19, Arkansas students, teachers, and parents contributed to making sure the contest received exceptional entries again this year. Entries were judged based on concept, composition, color, and expression. Winners were chosen in four categories: Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12. First, second, and third place were selected in each category and one overall winner was chosen.

Observed on May 15 every year, ESD brings attention to our endangered and threatened species and what we can do to help them. It is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife and wild places. The art contest provides students with an opportunity to learn about these species in Arkansas and express their knowledge and support through art.

This year’s winners, by category are:

Kindergarten to Second Grade
  • First Place – Caitlyn Permenter, The Art School, Conway
  • Second Place – Andrew Mitchell, Pulaski Heights Elementary, Little Rock
  • Third Place – not applicable
Third to Sixth Grade
  • First Place – Jenecis Batres, Decatur Middle School, Decatur
  • Second Place – Masala Mganga, Paragould Schools
  • Third Place – Alec Watson, Paragould Schools
Seventh to Ninth Grade
  • First Place – Joseph Lewter, Flippin Middle School, Flippin
  • Second Place – Cypress Keen, Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville
  • Third Place – Jaime Hernandez, Decatur Middle School, Decatur
Tenth to Twelfth Grade
  • First Place – Abby Lewis, Greenbrier High School, Greenbrier
  • Second Place – Charlotte Miller, Conway High School, Conway
  • Third Place – Nina Niemotka, Lisa Academy North Middle-High School, North Little Rock
Overall Winner (pictured at top)
  • Lauren Culpepper, Academics Plus-Maumelle Charter Elementary School, Maumelle

Above: Kindergarten to second grade first place winning artwork, by Caitlyn Permenter



Above: Third to sixth grade first place winning artwork, by Jenecis Batres



Above: Seventh to ninth grade first place winning artwork, by Joseph Lewter


Above: Tenth to twelfth grade, first place winning artwork, by Abby Lewis



Pictured at the very top: Overall winning artwork, by Lauren Culpepper

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