Stacy Horton, Winnemucca, NV
When it comes to the Free Fishing Day Poster Contest, an annual art contest for the Silver State's fourth and fifth graders sponsored by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, this round definitely goes to the girls. Selected from a total of 363 entries, this year’s winners were all young ladies. The top spot went to fifth grader Stacey Horton from French Ford Middle School in Winnemucca. The two runners-up were sent in by Gabriella Perkins, fifth grader from Bud Beasley Elementary in Sparks, and Josephine Payan, fourth grader from Mark Twain Elementary in Carson City.
“When I read the announcement to the class the students applauded and her face told how excited she was,” said Dennis Thomas, Horton’s fifth grade teacher. “Every time I talked to her that day, she told me she was so excited she couldn’t sit still. She couldn’t wait to get home and tell her parents. She was kind of bouncing up and down all day long.”
Horton becomes the second consecutive winner from French Ford Middle School. Her drawing will be featured on the 2012 poster promoting Free Fishing Day in Nevada and will also be on the 2013-14 Nevada Fishing Guide magazine. As the winner, she will receive a framed copy of her artwork and a fishing rod and reel. She and her family will also be treated to a guided fishing outing.
“I think she’s most excited about getting a new fishing pole,” said Thomas.
This year's theme for the Nevada Free Fishing Day Poster Contest was "Go Fishing…Get Hooked!" A total of 363 entrants from 52 classrooms statewide participated in this year’s contest.
When asked what she liked most about fishing, Horton had a long list she passed along. “She said she likes getting to spend time with her family outdoors. She said that fishing is relaxing and her family always has a good time. She loves drifting along on the water,” listed Thomas. She even told her teacher that she loved cleaning the fish with her dad.
Free Fishing Day takes place on Saturday, June 9 this year. The statewide event allows anglers to fish any public fishing water in the state without a fishing license or trout stamp, while all limits and other regulations apply.
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