On April 22, 2024

Ludlow’s Kate Reed won second place for her illustration of a Rainbow Trout

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Fish Art Contest submissions for 2024 included a wide range of fish species such as Rainbow Trout (Brayden Carton) and Northern Pike (Raine Chaleff).


Winners selected in K-12 student Fish Art Contest

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announced winners of the 2024 Vermont Student Fish Art Contest in partnership with Wildlife Forever in a press release April 18.

Participating Vermont students in grades K-12 selected a fish species found in Vermont waters and submitted an illustration and one-page creative essay on the species.

“The Fish Art Contest is a way for Vermont students to use their creativity and strengthen their knowledge and connection with our environment,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept. Education Specialist Corey Hart. “A total of 226 Vermont Students submitted artwork of Vermont fish species. This year saw several Vermont schools incorporate the contest into their curriculum, allowing the teachers to highlight the selected fish species in detail before the students created their masterpieces. We congratulate all of the participants on a job well done and look forward to next year’s contest.”

Winners will receive a fishing rod and reel, and their art will be entered into a selection process to be featured in the department’s forthcoming 2025 Fishing Guide and Regulations publication.

The following winners were selected for four age categories:


Grades: K-3

                1st: Raine Chaleff, Grafton: Northern Pike

                2nd: Kate Reed, Ludlow: Rainbow Trout

                3rd (tie): Fern Hammond, Greensboro Bend: Brook Trout

                3rd: (tie): Iris Freitag, Tunbridge: Brook Trout


Grades 4-6:

                1st: Delia Clogston, Lemington: Rainbow Trout

                2nd: Emmet Trombley, Shelburne: Brook Trout

                3rd: Coco Healey, Shelburne:  Brook Trout


Grades: 7-9

                1st: Shea Bellezza, Shelburne: Yellow Perch

                2nd: Jenna Sweeney, St. Albans:  Largemouth Bass

                3rd: Bella Bonk:, Georgia: Rainbow Trout


Grades: 10-12

                1st: Brayden Carton, Waterville:  Rainbow Trout

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