2014 Youth Wildlife Art Contest
PA’s Endangered and Threatened Species


The 2014 Youth Wildlife Art Contest has concluded. 

The Game Commission invited Pennsylvania youth in grades 6 through 12, to participate in the inaugural Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Students were asked to depict one or more Pennsylvania endangered or threatened species in the appropriate habitat. The artwork had to be biologically correct in proportional size, shape, activity and habitat. Through this contest, the Game Commission hopes to promote wildlife art among young artists, recognize their talents and enhance their knowledge of the Game Commission and the state's endangered and threatened species. The winning works are pictured here, and are on display at the Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters until April 9, and then will be on display at the Pennsylvania Department of Education from April 15 until May 9. Thanks to all who participated.


Students placing in the high school category are as follows: Jessica Laird - 1st place, Central High School, Martinsburg; Trevor Forshey - 2nd place, Central High School, Martinsburg; Alyssa Minko - 3rd place, Norwin High School, North Huntingdon; Hannah Niedwick - 4th place, Northern Lebanon High School, Fredericksburg.

Students placing in the middle school category are as follows: Isabella Lin - 1st place, Newtown Middle School, Newtown; Leah Frank - 2nd place, Upper Perkiomen Middle School, East Greenville; Bayli J. Crawford - 3rd place, Claysburg-Kimmel High School, Claysburg; Derrick Boltz - 4th place, Hamburg Area Middle School, Hamburg.

Those individuals awarded honorable mention were:

High School – Kiara Eisenhower, Exeter Township Senior High School, Reading; Carly Maurer, Elizabeth Haffling and Kelsey Gates, Central High School, Martinsburg; Janaye Schroll, Greater Johnstown High School, Johnstown; Jacob Giegel, Reynolds School District, Greenville; and Alexandra Mosomillo, Western Wayne High School, Lake Ariel. Middle School – Julia Thomas, Eichhorn Middle School, Lewisburg; Megan Stambaugh, Big Spring Middle School, Newville; and Lucy Whitmer, Penns Valley Intermediate School, Spring Mills.

The winning artwork will be displayed at Pennsylvania Game Commission Headquarters in Harrisburg during March for Youth Art Month and at the Pennsylvania Department of Education during the month of April.

The following awards will be given in both Middle School and High School categories:

  • First Place $500
  • Second Place $300
  • Third Place $100
  • Fourth Place $50
  • The art instructor for first place winners will receive $100 to be used for art supplies for the school.

Winners are eligible to move on to the National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Details will be provided to the winners.

For more information:

Please contact Robert J. Wesoloskie at 717-787-4250 extension 3623.

Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797