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March 15, 2010

Reel Art contest winners announced

A student from North Charleston recently took top honors as the overall winner in South Carolina’s 2010 Reel Art contest, a competition held annually by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources sponsored by Sportfish Restoration Funds and Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund.
Entries were judged in Columbia at S. C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) headquarters on March 15. The winning artwork will be exhibited at the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic March 26-28 atMayflies Doom the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Angelica Halvarsson from Charleston County School for the Arts in North Charleston received State Best of Show for the second year in a row and a first-place award in the Grades 10-12 category for her color pencil depiction of a rainbow trout which was titled simply "Mayflies' Doom."
Reel Art is a component of the DNR’s SC Reel Kids aquatic education program, supported with federal Sportfish Restoration Funds. Contact Lorianne Riggin, DNR aquatic education coordinator, for more information on the annual contest at aquaticed@dnr.sc.gov.

Students from across the state submitted the most entries ever, 1060, to the South Carolina Reel Art competition for 2010. Awards were given in each of four class groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), including one overall winner, a first place, second place, third place and five honorable mention ribbons for each class group. The overall winner is selected from among the four first-place winners representing all four groups.
The best of show winner’s art teacher from North Charleston is Anne Cimballa. Angelica was awarded a $500 savings bond from the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, art supplies and a ticket to see their artwork on display at the Palmetto Sportsman’s Classic. Everyone who enters gets a certificate and art supplies.
Riggin says the Reel Art contest is a conservation education program designed to give students in grades K-12 a chance to learn about the diverse aquatic animals and aquatic habitats that exist in South Carolina, while creating some extraordinary pieces of art.
Top placing entries in the Reel Art contest were:

Grades K-3

1st Cam Farr, After School Art Study; 2nd Madison Grizzle, Anderson Mill Elementary; 3rd Bethany Dupont, Herbert A. Wood Elementary; Honorable Mentions Abigail Campuzano, Campobello Gramling; Christopher McClenney, W.B. Goodwin Elementary; Blake Johnson, Campobello Gramling; Jackson Griffith, Pawleys Island, Montessori School; Joey Bailey, Michael’s Masterpieces. 

Grades 4-6
1st  Ty Bell, Homeschooled; 2nd Terrence Cook, Crossroads Middle School; 3rd Brandon Johnson, Campobello Gramling; Honorable Mentions Sienna Phillips, Saluda Middle School; Katelyn Wheeler, Saluda Middle School; Paisleigh Price, Crossroads Middle School; Kyle Pinnington, Crossroads Middle School, Tydiesha McClaney, Gaffney Middle School. 

Grades 7-9
1st AC Daniel, Aiken High School; 2nd  Emma Mathes, Thomas Cario Middle School; 3rd Will Lanford, Campobello Gramling; Honorable Mentions Tavaris Brooks, Charleston County School of the Arts; Sophie Hernandez, Saluda Middle School; Felix Hadtstein, Charleston County School of the Arts; Kenneth Brabham, Charleston County School of the Arts; Will Lanford, Campobello Gramling. 

Grades 10-12

Best of Show & 1st Angelica Halvarsson, Charleston County School of the Arts; 2nd Jose Lopez, Saluda High School; 3rd Georgia Skerman, Lowcountry Prep School; Honorable Mentions Sydney Jones, Saluda High School; Nick Keezer, Waccamaw High School; Cody Humbertson, Cardinal Newman; Kevin Witt, Saluda High School; Lucy Rummler, Charleston County School of the Arts; Chiefs Choice Tenim Roland, Chapman High School. 

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