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Coralee Bodeker with her 2nd-place duck stamp drawing.

Coralee Bodeker a 6th grade student who is part of the VS Homeschool group, entered the Iowa Jr. Duck Stamp Art Contest this past winter for the first time.

She drew a pair of Buffleheads on the Mississippi River in winter using colored pencils. She placed Second in her age group (4th-6th grade) and was part of the Iowa Jr. Duck Stamp Award Ceremony on Sunday, April 27th at the Neal Smith Federal Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City.

Over 300 submissions were received this year as part of the program. More information regarding the contest can be found at along with the Iowa Best of Show entry.

Scanned copies of the Iowa Jr. Duck Stamp Best of Show, First & Second place artwork will travel the state to various venues throughout the rest of the year, including nature centers, museums, libraries, government buildings, etc.

"We are hoping the tour will make a stop at the Benton Country Nature Center this fall, too," says Coralee's mom, Ruby

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