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April Issue 2010

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, Offers Illustrations of Sharks

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, is presenting an exhibit of entries from its first ever Shark Illustration Contest for Kids. The Museum received over 700 entries and winning pictures, plus more than 100 honorable mentions, will be displayed in the Museum's Nature Art Gallery through May 9, 2010.

Karen Bethune, curator of the Museum's Nature Art Gallery, credits educators for contributing to such a huge response. "Several teachers made the contest a part of their curriculum and turned it into a class project," she said. "We were overjoyed to receive packets of 20 to 30 entries" she says.

The contest, held in conjunction with the Museum's current special exhibit, Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, challenged kids from Pre-K to 9th grade to illustrate their best and most realistic version of a shark in its natural surroundings, and allowed for multiple mediums ranging from crayon to water color to pencil. Judging was held Monday, Mar. 22, 2010, and was based on artistic ability as well as scientific accuracy. Judges were Bethune, Wayne Starnes, curator of fishes and director of the Museum's Research Lab, and Todd Pusser, a marine-biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer.

All winners will receive a 1-year family membership to the Museum. First place winners also will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Museum Store and 2nd place winners receive a $25 gift certificate. All artists also received a free ticket to Megalodon, a unique exhibit focusing on the 60-foot, 100-ton ancestor of the Great White Shark that went extinct nearly 2 million years ago.

Contest winners are as follows:
1st Place went to Skylar Kortte of High Point, NC, for "Shark Eating a Fish"; 2nd Place was given to Matias Chazo of Asheville, NC, for "Lemon Shark"; and 3rd Place went to Delta Joy McMullan of Raleigh, NC, for "Escape of the Fish".
(Grades 1-3)
1st Place went to Ramzi Musleh of Durham, NC, for "Shark Menu"; 2nd Place went to Camille Zehner of Chapel Hill, NC, for "Sawtooth Shark"; and 3rd Place was given to Abby Macko of Raleigh, NC, for "Feeding Frenzy".
(Grades 4-6)
1st Place went to Mohamed Thomas of Raleigh, NC, for "Megalodon"; 2nd Place was given to Scout Hayashi of Chapel Hill, NC, for "Scalloped Hammerhead Shark"; and 3rd Place was awarded to Giunjan Shroff of Cary, NC, for "Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived".
(Grades 7-9)
1st Place went to Erin Floyd of Wake Forest, NC, for "Whale Shark"; 2nd Place was given to Ayla Gizlice of Raleigh, NC, for "Leopard Shark in Kelp Forest"; and 3rd Place went to John Z. Lee of Raleigh, NC, for "Mr. Hammerhead Going for a Swim".

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh, documents and interprets natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 919/733-8450, ext. 212 or visit (www.naturalsciences.org).

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