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Six local student artists placed in top 25 of state Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Park Rapids Area High School students spent more than 50 hours each on paintings for the Junior Duck Stamp Contest. From left are Danny Pike, Alexander Renner, Alli Belfiori, Cassidy Haggard, Lydia Schaum and Luke Swenson. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

All six Park Rapids students placed in the top 25 in the state Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

Individual results are, Alexander Renner, first place; Cassidy Haggard, second place; Danny Pike, second place; Alli Belfiori, third place, Lydia Schaum, honorable mention, and Luke Swenson, honorable mention.

Although these students won't be moving onto the national competition, they did well.

"They worked really hard and the results speak for themselves," Michael Hartung, Park Rapids Area High School art teacher, said in an email.

The Junior Duck Stamp Contest is one of the largest art competitions in Minnesota.

It is the 18th year of the competition and Park Rapids has had three state winners during that time.

More than 1,000 students generally enter the contest in Minnesota. Whoever is chosen as the state winner goes on to the national competition.

The students looked through photos for inspiration before starting their paintings that depict ducks in their natural habitat. They used oil paint.

Students from around the United States submit drawings to their state, territory or district competition. Winners from these competitions, called the "Best of Show," are submitted to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. The winner at this level becomes the Junior Duck Stamp.