Eagle Days Art Contest Winners
7th Annual Bald Eagle Days Festival: Art and Poetry Competition
On January 28, 2007 Dickson Mounds Museum hosted an awards ceremony and display of student's art and poetry for the Havana Bald Eagle Days Festival: Art and Poetry Competition. Students in grades 1 - 12 from Mason and Fulton County schools submitted 74 works of art and 47 poems paying tribute to the American Bald Eagle. Competition categories included 2-Dimensional and poetry. Students could enter the competition under three age divisions for each art category; Group 1 (grades 1-4), Group II (grades 5-8), Group III (grades 9 - 12). First, second, and third place awards were given.
All entries were displayed at Dickson Mounds through January28, 2006. On February 3, winning entries will be displayed at The Perch in Havana during the Havana Bald Eagle Days Festival.
This annual event is sponsored by the Mason and Fulton County Arts Councils, Mason County Library District, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Dickson Mounds Museum.
Group 1 Art Winners
Two Dimensional Art - Group 1
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First Place "Mama Eagle", Kelsey Knake, Walker Art Studio, 4th grade. Second Place
"Building a Nest", Samuel Bleem, Walker Art Studio, 1st grade.
"The Catch", Sara Richards, Illini Central, 3rd grade. Honorable Mention "High in the Sky", Haley Yetter, Walker Art Studio, Grade 3. Honorable Mention "Eagle Sitting in Nest", Jordan Simmons, Avon Elementary, Grade 4. Honorable Mention "Bird of Nature", Andruw Simmermaker, Havana New Central, Grade 4.
Group 1 Poetry Winner
Poetry - Group 1
First Place Jaclyn Culler, Illini Central Middle School, 2nd grade
If I was an eagle
I would fly high
up, up into the sky
then I would fly down
to the ground to see what I could find
maybe a mouse hiding in the leaves
something to feed my family
so nice to be an eagle you see
flying high and being free
Group 2 Art Winners
Two Dimensional Art - Group 2
First Place "Resting Eagle", Ketra Hickman, Spoon River Valley, 8th grade. Second Place "Landing Eagle", Colton Donnelly, Spoon River Valley, 8th grade. Third Place "The Mighty Hunter", Jessa Tompkins, Cuba Elementary, 6th grade. Honorable Mention "Eagle Fishing Waters", Breahna Lesemann, Walker Art Studio, Grade 6. Honorable Mention "The Amazing Shiny White is in Full Flight", Kyrstina Short, Illini Central, Grade 5. Honorable Mention "Bold Eagle", Nicole Willianson, Spoon River Valley, Grade 8.
Group 2 Poetry Winners
Poetry - Group 2
Sara White, Cuba Elementary School, 6th grade
Life of a Bald Eagle
Slowly hatching from it's egg
Food from mother it does beg
Learning to supply it's needs
Learning enemies it should heed
Hunting for food so it may feed
Beware, any rodent that it may see
Finding a mate and building a nest
Laying some eggs and getting some rest
Hunting again so it's young can eat
All these things are a wonderful feat
Hunting fish and fowl alike
Sleeping peacefully in the night
And it grows old and then it's gone
But it's offspring keep moving on
Continuing the cycle on God's green earth
Wonderful cycle of death and birth
The Bald Eagle is beautiful, bright, and bold
And that is why we choose it for our national symbol.
Second Place Mitchell Nelson, Illini Central Middle School, 8th grade
Elegant as a silk dress
Aerobatic like a gymnast
Graceful as a dancer
Life taking strikes on a prey
Expanding wings huge flight
Third Place Taylor Duncheon, Illini Central Middle School, 8th grade
Eagles fly so high
Their wings seem to touch the sky
When they dive their only wish
Is to catch a juicy fish
Honorable Mention Jaime Peterson, Illini Central Middle School, 8th grade
The Beauty of Eagles
Just look and what do you see,
Is it sad or happy?
An eagle is flying high.
It kind of makes you want to sigh.
So beautiful you can't speak,
With it's long talons and beak.
You can see its wingspan when it will soar.
It sometimes hits your heart all the way to the core.
Honorable Mention Sierra Burris, Illini Central Middle School, 8th grade
What about the Eagles gives me butterflies?
How they soar through the deep blue skies?
How their bright yellow beaks shine in the night?
When their razor sharp talons put up a fight?
With eyes that sparkle, it's the Eagle above,
Toward the Eagle we show all of our love,
There's a knot in my stomach and I think I know why,
Poachers are killing them, high in the sky
Endangered but brave, the Eagle lives on,
Until there's no more, and then they're all gone,
You're killing our bird so poachers please leave,
It's our national bird, in what we believe!
Honorable Mention Alexis Bruns, Illini Central Middle School, 8th grade As the Sun Goes Down
As she soars through the sky
Thinking of when her babies will fly
Looking out over the trees
She enjoys the subtle breeze
Under her a kale so blue and nice
On the ground here scurry mice
She swoops and grabs not two but one
And sees her shadow in the sun
Now to her eaglets she must protect
From the monsters that endanger them yet.
Group 3 Art Winners
Two Dimensional Art - Group 3
First Place "Intensity", Pongsakorn Ketprapakorn, Spoon River Valley, 10th grade. Second Place "Proud Eagle in Tree", Ryan Dowell, Spoon River Valley, 10th grade. Third Place "Eagle", Breanne Carroll, Spoon River Valley, 10th grade. Honorable Mention "Bird Sitting on Branch", Jennifer Dildine, Spoon River Valley, Grade 11. Honorable Mention "Over the Shoulder", Mitch Rives, Spoon River Valley, Grade 10.