Youth Artists Make Impression on Nashville
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Judges recently awarded prizes to youth artists from across the country in preparation for the NWTF's 35th annual National Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by MidwayUSA.
The show, themed "Our Youth. Our Legacy." to honor the next generation of hunters and conservationists will take place Feb. 17 to Feb. 20 at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.
A panel of judges awarded first place to the following youth for their outstanding artwork depicting wild turkeys and turkey hunting:
Madison Grizzle, 8, of Moore, S.C.
Chase Grubbs, 11, of Farmville, Va.
Kelsey Lydon, 13, of Richfield, Wis.
Abraham Hunter, 17, of Vienna, Ill.
The winners' art will be displayed both at the NWTF's National Convention and Sport Show and in its Winchester Museum in Edgefield, S.C., the only museum in the world dedicated to the restoration, management and hunting of the wild turkey.
The Youth Art Contest offered artists ages 6 to 17 chances to win $1,000 in prizes. Four age groups were judged; 6 to 8; 9 to 11; 12 to 14 and 15 to 17.
The contest is another way the NWTF urges youth to become involved in wildlife conservation. The NWTF's education and outreach programs provide a variety of conservation education and outdoor recreation opportunities for youth, educators and students of all ages.
The JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) outreach program is for youth ages 12 and under. Xtreme JAKES is the NWTF's outreach program geared toward teens, 13 to 17 years old.
NWTF JAKES and Xtreme JAKES outreach programs provide outdoor opportunities for youth and are vital to preserving America's hunting heritage. Throughout the year, local NWTF chapters host hundreds of events nationwide that offer participants countless outdoor recreation opportunities.
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The NWTF recognizes all participants in the Youth Art Contest and would like to thank all who submitted an entry.
To find out more about the Youth Art Contest, the NWTF National Convention and Sport Show or the NWTF's outreach programs, call (800) THE-NWTF.
2011 Convention Sponsors
Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Bank of America, Big Tex Trailer Manufacturing, Benelli USA, Browning-USRAC, Call Makers and Collectors Association of America, Case Knives, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, HuntVe, Marlin Firearms Company, Mossberg & Sons Inc., Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, The Outdoor Connection Inc., Priefert Manufacturing, Remington Arms Company Inc., Rivers Edge Treestands, SHE Outdoor Apparel, TRISTAR Sporting Arms, Ltd., U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, Weatherby Inc., Western Spirits, Wild Turkey Bourbon, Winchester/Olin Corporation