Out of more than 200 entries from around the state, a Powell High School senior won the top prize in the 2019 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program.
Brianna Simmons’s watercolor rendition of a pair of northern pintail drakes was named Best of Show.
“When I heard I won I was honestly quite shocked and happy, as I didn’t think it would happen, especially with [it being] my last year of entering the contest,” Simmons said.
Simmons said she chose to feature pintails because they’re her favorite. It took about four to five hours to complete her painting, and she used six different reference photos to create her winning piece, titled “Pintails in Flight.”
Simmons, who lives in Cody and attends school in Powell, has taken art classes throughout her school years.
As she prepares to graduate next month, Simmons said she plans on continuing with art, “but more in the taxidermy field, as it’s my passion.”
Her taxidermy projects include a black bear mount, multiple deer, pheasants, ducks, elk, an otter and many others. She hopes to become a taxidermist.
With her winning duck watercolor, Simmons will represent Wyoming in the 2019 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The national winner will be selected Friday, and their image will be printed on a stamp, to be released in June.
Powell High School students had an impressive showing at this year’s Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp contest, winning four of the top five prizes (see list below).
PHS art teacher Jim Gilman said he wasn’t too surprised to see how well Powell students did this year.
“There were so many students who put forth incredible effort on this project,” Gilman said, adding, “I’m very happy to see them rewarded for their work.”
The Junior Duck Stamp Program uses both conservation and design principles to teach waterfowl biology and wetland habitat to K-12 students. As they submit their artwork for the contest, students also can include a conservation message. This year’s winning conservation message, submitted by Cydney Brown of Cokeville, says: “A future without conservation is like a canvas without paint.”
1st Place: Abigail Urbach
1st Place - 3rd Runner Up: Jace Bohlman
1st Place - 4th Runner Up: Riley Schiller
2nd Place: Reed Smith
2nd Place: Abby Bradley
2nd Place: Charlotte Wilson
3rd Place: Jenna Hillman
Honorable Mention: Arianna Rodriguez-Medford
Honorable Mention: Kalaiah Stenlund
Honorable Mention: Taylor Paul
Honorable Mention: Adriana Munoz
Honorable Mention: Ben Whitlock
Honorable Mention: Bayley Kokkeler
1st Place - 1st Runner Up: Brylee Schuler
1st Place: Brianna Simmons
2nd Place: Jessica Kasinger
2nd Place: Emma Waite
3rd Place: Jasmin Preator
3rd Place: Kaylee Stewart
3rd Place: Dayton Asher
Honorable Mention: Triniti Bruski
Honorable Mention: Ashley Dunkerley
Honorable Mention: Jaxson Carter
Honorable Mention: William Preator
Honorable Mention: Augusta Larsen
Honorable Mention: Hailey Carner
Honorable Mention: Lane Franks
Honorable Mention: Delaney Jackson
Honorable Mention: Emerson Wormald
Honorable Mention: Jenna Merritt
Honorable Mention: McKenna Werbelow
Honorable Mention: Averee Johnson
Creative Recognition: Sophe Morrow