by Kerissa Nelson
At the age of 17, Kerissa Nelson, Grantsburg, won the National Jr. Duck
Stamp Contest with her painting of a pair of ringnecked ducks.
During her sophomore year of high school, her
art teacher saw her painting of a rose-breasted
grosbeak and recognizing her talent, encouraged
Kerissa to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
The following year, as a junior, she painted a pair
of green-winged teals and earned first place in
her age category for Wisconsin, just short of the
Best of Show title.
In April of 2005, as a senior in high school,
Kerissa painted a pair of ring-necked ducks. Her painting was selected as
the Best of Show in Wisconsin and was forwarded to the National competition
where it was selected as the top entry. Her pair of ring-necked ducks
is featured on the 13th Junior Duck Stamp. Her painting is still available as a
limited edition print.
The Junior Duck Stamp is a pictorial stamp produced by the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service and sold by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex
Corporation. All proceeds from the stamp sales are used to fund environmental
education programs and scholarships.
For information on the Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit www.fws.gov
For information on Kerissa’s Ringneck Rendezvous print and/or stamp,