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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of our National Parks, Tahoma Audubon’s Annual Youth Bird Drawing Contest featured three birds found in Pierce County’s national park, Mt. Rainier. The Clark’s Nutcracker, the Mountain Chickadee, and the White-tailed Ptarmigan were drawn in their natural habitat by students in grades 1-8. Submissions were due by April 30.

More than 100 entries were submitted from school districts and homeschool students around the county. University Place students made an impressive showing, representing Evergreen Primary, Sunset Primary, Narrows View Intermediate, Drum Intermediate and Charles Wright Academy.

The difficult, yet enjoyable, task of judging and selecting the first-, second- and third-place winners was done by two long-time Tahoma Audubon members, along with staff of the Museum of Glass and the Slater Natural History Museum.

Prizes were awarded in four age categories at a reception during the May 19 monthly membership meeting at Tacoma Nature Center. Lauren Bentson, educator at the Center, entertained the students and their families following the awards ceremony, and had everyone singing along with original and familiar tunes.

The students’ artwork will be on public display at Tacoma Nature Center from June through August.

Find more photos of the contest winners and their artwork on Tahoma Audubon’s Facebook page:

Student winners from University Place

Grades 1-2:

Willa Wang, 2nd place, Charles Wright Academy

Grades 3-4:

Hana Gutierrez, 1st place, Charles Wright Academy

Cherilynne Gacasan, 2nd place, Charles Wright Academy

Katherine Wrench, 3rd place, Charles Wright Academy

Grades 5-6:

Andrea Luna, 1st place, Drum Intermediate

Hope Johnson, 2nd place, Drum Intermediate

Grades 7-8:

Robert Hay, 2nd place, Drum Intermediate

Honorable Mentions: Diedrick Gerbing, Carter Kuluz, Ulrich Poehlmann, Connor Peterson, Preston Bateman, Dylan Brassard

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