2018 Youth Art Contest Winners Announced
5/31/2018 11:43:46 AM

JACKSON - The Visitor Education Center (VEC) received artwork from approximately 350 Mississippi students who participated in the 2018 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Congratulations to the first place winners, Diana Rodriguez, Emma McCord, Hung Tran, and Bryan Buckley! The artwork of the top finishers is available for viewing at The contest was sponsored by the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

The VEC is part of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and is located in Enid, MS at Exit 233 east off I-55. The VEC is the first and only facility of its kind in Mississippi. The Center features a native habitat area, a 10,000 gallon aquarium, interactive exhibits, displays, artifacts, fishing rodeo pond, gift shop, and gallery. All of these elements serve as entertaining and engaging learning experiences for all visitors, especially children.

Category IV: Ages 16 - 19

First Place:

Diana Rodriguez

"Red Bird Tree"

Clay Sculpture

Second Place:

Kailey Blair Jones

"Hanging Around"

Colored Pencil

Third Place:

William C. Whitfield

"Blue-Winged Teal"

Mixed Colored/Grey Pencil


Category III: Ages 12 - 15


 First Place:

Emma McCord

"Mississippi Cottontail"

Colored Pencil


Second Place:

Daisy Angelica Underwood

"The Cub in the Tree"



Third Place:

Madison Paul

"Mississippi Monarchs"

Pen and Ink with Watercolor Wash


Category II: Ages 8 - 11

First Place:

Hung Tran

"Bluegill Beauty"

Gyotaku Print with Pastels and Colored Pencils

Second Place:

Brian Burgess

"Whitetail Deer"

Crayon and Pencil

Third Place:

Fletcher Quick

"Turkey in the Creek"

Colored Pencil


Category I: Ages 5 - 7


First Place:

 Bryan Buckley


Colored/Grey Pencil


Second Place:

Zoey Johnson

"Adventures in Wildlife"

Crayon and Pencil


Third Place:

Malori McClain


Pencil and Crayon



Honorable Mentions


Dayla Hobson

"River Otter"

Colored Pencil


Alexis Brown

"Ocean Beauty"

Clay - Fired and Glazed 


Jackson Jenkins

"Don't Threaten Me"



Bella Makamson


Colored Pencil

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