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Native Fish Art and Writing Contest Winners Honored

April 17, 2009

The winning entrants in the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's 2009 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 11.

Contest winners and their families began their day at Pequest early with the opportunity to cast their lines in the Division's Fishing Education Pond, which is stocked heavily with trout for educational programming. The fishing is quite good in the pond and everyone enjoyed themselves catching large numbers of trout. Division staff and volunteers were on hand to ensure a safe and enjoyable fishing experience, as well as offer assistance when needed.

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. 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 8 to learn about New Jersey's native fish species and the importance of natural resource conservation. More than 250 students from around the state submitted original artwork that depicted a native New Jersey fish in its habitat. This year, students were asked to research a native fish and write a short story depicting one year in the life of that fish.

Winning artwork can be viewed by clicking on each winner's name. The 2009 Fish Art and Writing Contest winners are as follows:

Alison Sorkenn River Edge 1st 4th
Cameron Brignola River Edge 2nd 4th
Joseph Hernandez Great Meadows 1st 5th
Sahaj Garg Bridgewater 2nd 5th
Alyssa Casanova Mullica Hill 1st 6th
Brooke Attardi Long Branch 2nd 6th
Steven DiModica Wantage 1st 7th
Nicole Helewa Sussex 2nd 7th
Jonathan Spriggs Cape May Court House 1st 8th
Daisy Zhang Edison 2nd 8th

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

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