Young artists win Junior Duck Stamp contest

Four Maui elementary-age students at Sabado Art School & Studios have won awards in the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp contest.

This is the ninth year the school has entered and had winners in the national contest, according to a news release.

Leiohu Turley, Samara Ricarde, Ivy Yamamoto and Kaden Ortiz took first place in their age groups, the release said.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is based on the adult Federal Duck Stamp Contest that was established in 1990 to use art to promote greater awareness of our nation’s living resources.

The annual contest is open to private, public and home-schooled students from kindergarten through high school.

Entries are divided into four grade groups (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12). Three first-, second- and third-place winners and 16 honorable mentions are chosen from each group.

The State Best of Show is chosen from the first-place winners from each of the four grade groups and is forwarded to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national contest.

The Maui students received ribbons and backpacks loaded with art supplies.