South Dakota students in grades K-12 were invited to compete in the annual South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp contest. Over 50 De Smet students from the elementary, middle and high schools entered the art contest along with hundreds from all over the state. Students were split into four age groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
Within each age group, judges awarded three first places, three second places, three third places and 16 honorable mentions. An overall winner is selected to represent S.D. in the national contest. Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd were awarded goody bags containing conservation books, games, art supplies and a t-shirt.
Sophomore, Griffin Clubb, has participated in the contest for the last five years. He has placed every year except this year, receiving honorable mention.
"I really enjoy drawing for the contest because I like ducks and admire their bright colors," stated Clubb.
Like his brother, Nash, Griffin also won "Best Conservation Message" when he was in 6th grade.