A poster produced by David Kukay, a fifth-grade student at Lewis & Clark School in Great Falls, has been selected as the winner of Montana's 1998 State Parks Poster Contest.
Kukay's entry, a colorful, crayon drawing of an entire family enjoying the sport of fishing while camping, hiking, relaxing and playing at Sluice Boxes State Park, was selected by a panel of judges April 17 in Helena. The poster was cleverly bordered by an array of various fish.
The contest, conducted by Fish, Wildlife & Parks since 1992 as a means to promote awareness of Montana's state parks and the many recreational and educational opportunities they afford, was open to all fifth graders in Montana. The theme for this year's contest was "Montana State Parks: Families and Fishing Go Together."
By having his poster selected as the winning entry, David will receive a $150 savings bond and a T-shirt with his poster screened on the front. His school will receive a state parks-related video and books for its library.
Posters by Pete Betcher, a student at Choteau Elementary School, and Nichole McKinney, from Eureka Elementary, tied for second place in the contest, earning each of the budding artists a $100 savings bond and a poster T-shirt. Also earning a $100 savings bond and a T-shirt was "Special Artistic Award" winner Frankie Barnhill, a student at St. Joseph's School in Missoula. Frankie's very creative and vividly colored watercolor poster was presented the first-ever "Special Artistic Award" for the beauty and imagination with which she transformed Wild Horse Island at Flathead Lake State Park into the shape of a fish to illustrate the correlation between state parks, fishing and families.
A savings bond of $50 and a poster shirt will be presented to Kelsey Poore, of Ray Bjork School in Helena, for her third-place finish in the poster contest. Earning "Honorable Mention" in the contest were Tyler Trost, a classmate of winner David Kukay at Lewis and Clark School in Great Falls, and Katybeth Courtnage, a student at St. Jude's School in Havre.
The winning entries will be displayed in the lobby of FWP's Helena headquarters beginning on May 18 and then travel to FWP's regional offices around the state. For information on the display schedule, contact FWP's Debbie Cheek in Helena at 444-4701.