Eagle Days Art Contest Winners
The fourth annual Eagle Days Art Competition attracted 220 entries from Fulton and Mason county students in grades one through twelve. Judges reviewed 138 art pieces and 82 poems. Award winning artwork is presented here. The artwork and the poems will be on display at the David Alan Badger Gallery, on Main Street in Havana, until 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2004. The Fulton County Arts Council, Mason County Arts Council, Dickson Mounds Museum, Havana Public Library, and The Nature Conservancy sponsor the Eagle Days Art Festival.
This program was partially funded through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Two Rivers Arts Council.
Group 1 Winners (Grades 1-4)
First row, right to left, Zachary Nolan, Dakota Ward, Dylan Hull, Rachel Bybee; second row, right to left, Lucas Perrilles, Lindsay Carroll, Brady Asher, Skye Mibbs; third row, right to left, Katherine Johnson, Kristin Allen, Duncan McClure, Andy Boyce, Sam Edmonson. Not pictured: Sarah Bradbury, Austin Johnson, Joshua Nixon, Alexis Robinson.
Two Dimensional Art Group 1
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First Place Andy Boyce, "Predator and Prey" - Illini Central Second Place Sam Edmonson, "A War of the Eagles" - Spoon River Valley Third Place Duncan McClure, "Eagle's Eye View" - Illini Central Honorable Mention Sam Edmonson, "Lightening of the Eye of the Eagle", Spoon River Valley Honorable Mention Skye Mibbs, "Havana River Eagle" - Havana New Central Honorable Mention Zachary Nolan, "Mother's Watching Us Till We Hatch", Spoon River Valley Honorable Mention Sarah Bradbury, "Eagle of Courage", Illini Central
Three Dimensional Art Group 1
First Place Kristin Allen, "Eagle Watch", Illini Central Second Place Lucas Perrilles, "Cute Eagles", Spoon River Valley Third Place Katherine Johnson, "Lookout Eagle", Illini Central Honorable Mention Brady Asher, "United States Eagle",Havana New Central Honorable Mention Dakota Ward, "Alone", Spoon River Valley Honorable Mention Dylan Hull, "Eagle Who Flies", Illini Central Honorable Mention Alexis Robinson, "Eagle's Pride", Ilini Central
Poetry Group 1
First Place Dakota Ward, "Soaring Eagle", Spoon River Valley
Are you keeping
Are you hunting
for some prey?
Are you protecting
I wish I knew . . .
Second Place Joshua Nixon, "A Flight to Eat", Midwest Central
Soaring high looking for food
Sweeping down to eat
Grabbing in water
Third Place Zachary Nolan, "Eagle Flight", Spoon River Valley
King of the sky
why do you
Flight at night?
If you are
Why do you
on our throne?
Are you protecting
Honorable Mention Lindsay Carroll, "Eagle Glide", Spoon River Valley
I love how you look.
Your wings look like kings.
You made my day.
You glide so high.
Eagle, eagle I hope you never go away.
If another bird attacks
are you going to attack?
Honorable Mention Rachel Bybee, "Beautiful Eagle Family", Spoon River Valley
Baby in the nest.
Will you rest
When your mother
is the best?
Brave father eagle
Are you sad?
Are you glad?
When you're all
You look beautiful
As you must.
Honorable Mention Sam Edmonson, "Bald Eagle", Spoon River Valley
I can see your
in the sky.
You have the
and you are
the golden bird
King of birds.
is strong and powerful.
Can you pickup a
or a rabbit?
Honorable Mention Austin Johnson, "Eagle", Midwest Central
Fishing, flying, eating
Proud, strong, peaceful symbol
Judges Choice Andy Boyce, "Moonbeams on EagleŐs Wings", Illini Central
Moonbeam on the great bird's wings,
The eagle does beautiful things.
She flies up to the starry sky,
She lays her eggs in a nest so high.
In time those hatchlings will pop out,
And be the eagle flying about.
The mother catches fish in its claws,
And brings it back to their hungry jaws.
Now for the eaglets it's time to sleep,
Piling up tall in a feathery heap.
Up in the tree in their grass-laid nest,
Are mother and eaglets taking their rest.
Group 2 Winners(Grades 5-8)
First row, right to left, Gabe Kendrick, Nicole Schwartz, Lydia Robertson, Matt Whitney, Jessika Bennett; second row, right to left, Seth Crum, Kendra DeCanter, Meghan Landry, Rachel Branson, Brett Wands, Sarah Marcum. Not pictured: Sarah Adcock, Shelby Adcock, Raymond Allen, Shane Hovey.
Two Dimensional Art Group 2
First Place Meghan Landry, "Wings of Dawn", Havana Jr. High Second Place Rachel Branson, "Nature's Message", VIT Third Place Sarah Adcock, "The Last Twig", VIT Honorable Mention Shelby Adcock, "Eagle: Master of the Sky", VIT Honorable Mention Lydia Robertson, "Feeding the Young", VIT Honorable Mention Nicole Schwartz, "Wild and Free", Central School (Lewistown)
Three Dimensional Art Group 2
First Place Meghan Landry, "Outstretched Wings", Havana Jr. High Second Place Raymond Allen, "American Eagle Fresco", Ilini Central
Photography Group 2
First Place Seth Crum, "The Hunter Eagle", Havana Jr. High Second Place Seth Crum, "The Proud Eagle", Havana Jr. High
Poetry Group 2
Brett Wands, "I wish I was an Eagle", Illini Central
I wish I was an eagle,
but I'm a sea gull.
I always see the eagle in its nest,
except during the Eagle Day Fest.
I once saw an eagle catch a snake,
while flying close to the lake.
I watch the majestic bird swoop,
with its talons, a fish it can scoop.
I said to myself, "That bird flies fast,"
as it smoothly glides past.
I watched it soar out of sight,
as day turned into night.
I wish I was an eagle,
but I am just a sea gull.
Second Place Sarah Marcum, "The Gorgeous Bald Eagle", Illini Central
I prey on rivers,
scanning for water for fish,
my body hits the glossy water,
in an instant,
I grab the monstrous bass,
razor sharp talons I have,
my grip I don't lose,
fly back to my nest I must,
protect my eaglets I must,
feed them some fish I will,
soon learn how to sail through the air they will,
I settle down to rest,
my days are very tiring,
wake up another day of my life.
Third Place Shane Hovey, "The Unlucky Eagle", Illini Central Third Place, Group II
There once was an eagle named Paul.
Who fell and broke his jaw.
He couldn't get up,
So he laid belly up,
Until someone walked by and saw.
Honorable Mention Jessika Bennett, "An Eagles Point of View", Illini Central
I soar through the sky,
Dinner I need to find.
For prey I am seeking,
Our young do need feeding.
As I was flying over the river,
I saw a great big kipper.
So, I swooped down
And almost hit the ground.
But, as I was ascending up to my nest,
I spotted an uninvited guest.
Why was a human here?
Now I was filled with lots fear.
What will we do when that day comes?
What will happen when itŐs all done?
Why do humans take away our lives?
Why would they want to kill this tribe?
Honorable Mention Kendra DeCanter, "A Soar into Life", Illini Central
Bold and majestic
As it swoops down for prey
Prodigious and graceful
Undernourished and excited
Looming for mother to come with food
Wild and confused
Honorable Mention Gabe Kendrick, "Symbol of Our Nation", VIT
On its great wings
Freedom will ring
ItŐs beauty and grace
Many hardships it will face
Oh, great eagle
Protect our fine people.
Honorable Mention Matt Whitney, "The Beautiful Bird", Illini Central
Eagles are beautiful Birds,
They really don't look like nerds.
They can fly high in the sky,
Some people see them and sigh.
Yet they never travel in herds.
Group 3 (Grades 9-12)
Two Dimensional Art Group 3
First Place Merickia Wheelock, "Perching Eagle", Havana High School Second Place Gabrielle Stanley, " Lookout", Havana High School Third Place Jerad Strode, " American Freedom", Cuba High School