23rd Annual George Montgomery NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Winners Announced

23rd Annual George Montgomery NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Winners Announced

Joanna Garcia Thurmont, Maryland
First Place & Best In Show Joanna Garcia Thurmont, Maryland
National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association

Charlotte, NC –-(Ammoland.com)- The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the winners of its George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

The contest, which has been running annually since 1987, is open to students in grades 1 through 12, including home-schooled children.

NRA membership is not required to enter. A record-setting number of entries were received this year, reaching a total of nearly 1,200. Thanks to a generous donation by the George Montgomery Foundation, the contest has begun expanding its outreach efforts to students across the country.

Contestants may enter artwork of any North American game bird or animal that may be legally hunted or trapped. Endangered species and non-game animals, such as eagles and snakes, are not eligible subjects.

Entries are placed into one of four categories based on the school grade of the artist and are judged on effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy and composition. The winners of each category receive $750. Second-place finishers receive $500 and the third-place award is $250.

This year featured the addition of a Best In Show award for the overall winner across all categories. The recipient of the Best In Show award is awarded $1,000.

CATEGORY I (Grades 1-3)

  • First Place: Allyson Kim, Southlake, Texas
  • Second Place: Catherine Chen, Fremont, California
  • Third Place: Janet Cui, Fremont California

CATEGORY II (Grades 4-6)

  • First Place: Grace Cui, Fremont, California
  • Second Place: Albert Pei, Union City, California
  • Third Place: Allison Gracie, Sewell, New Jersey

CATEGORY III (Grades 7-9)

  • First Place: Gina Huang, Johns Creek, Georgia
  • Second Place: Asherel Kaseorg, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Third Place: Eun-Young Jang, Germantown, Maryland

CATEGORY IV (Grades 10-12)

  • First Place: Joanna Garcia, Thurmont, Maryland
  • Second Place: Abraham Hunter, Vienna, Illinois
  • Third Place: Paul Adelgren, Monument, Colorado


  • Joanna Garcia, Thurmont, Maryland

HONORABLE MENTIONS (in alphabetical order)

  • Christine Chang, Germantown, Maryland
  • Alex Clark, Houston, Texas
  • Allison Du, Fremont, California
  • Kristi Green, Waco, Kentucky
  • Courtney Haughn, Pinehurst, Idaho
  • Ruri Kodama, Santa Clara, California
  • Marianne Lim, Morecross, Georgia
  • Cliff Liu, Fremont, California
  • Stacy Liu, San Jose, California
  • Brandon Shi, San Ramon, California
  • Kihan Sung, Coppell, Texas
  • Sharon Pak, Liburn, Georgia
  • Christy Wang, Fremont, California
  • Michelle Yang, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Jiahang Zhang, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Barbara Zhao, Milpitas, California

Photos of the winning entries are posted at www.nrahq.org/youth/wildlife.asp. Questions regarding the contest may be directed to (703) 267-1588 or artcontest@nrahq.org.

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