One Hundred winning art entries were selected on March 26, 2008 during the Texas Junior Duck Stamp Contest at the Pearland Bass Pro Shop. The 2008 Best of Show honors go to eighteen year old Seokkyun Hong from Hillcrest High School in Dallas, Texas. He submitted an oil painting on canvas of a Nene (Hawaiian Duck). His teacher Terri Muldoon said, "Seokkyun is truly one of the most talented and persistently hard-working art students I have ever been privileged to teach. His art work is his gateway to the world at large. I eagerly await to see the art he will create as he explores new experiences in college and beyond." He will receive a $300 saving bond, a framed wildlife print, and copy of the "Duck Stamp Story". All entrants are awarded certificates of appreciation.
Hong's painting was selected from a field of 373 entries, of talented students throughout the state. The five judges who assembled for the difficult task of selecting this year's winners were Bob and Rita Dumaine of the Sam Houston Duck Co., Bill Baker with Reliant Energy, Storey Sloan from Storey Sloan Galleries, and Laszlo Perlaky with Natural Perl Photography.
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