Two Knoxville High School art students recognized

Photo by Emily Hawk/Knoxville Journal-ExpressFreshmen Olivia Payne and Brandon Barkey.

Two Knoxville High School students have been recognized in the 2019 Iowa Federal Junior Duck Stamp art contest earlier this year.

Freshman Olivia Payne earned special recognition when her design was voted “Best of State” in the contest. Her winning entry will be judged against winners in other states, and she will have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships.

Freshman Brandon Barkey was judged in the top 36 in the state, and his artwork will be part of a traveling show across Iowa.

The contest receives about 500 to 600 entries statewide each year. Art teacher Brian Barkey has had three other students finish in the top twelve over the past 15 to 20 years, but Payne is Barkey’s first state winner.

The Junior Duck Stamp is produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize conservation efforts of youth and support conservation and environmental programs in the United States.