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Color Maryland Green Contest Names Winners

The Grand Prize Winner, Delightful Nature by Alana Koh, to be featured on the 2013-2014 Maryland Bay Game cover.

From creative collages to pensive poems, this year’s Color Maryland Green contestants made it extremely difficult for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to pick the winners. Eleven champions were chosen from more than 150 students, grades K-12, who submitted original artwork and poetry inspired by their appreciation for the State’s natural resource.

“I want to congratulate these students on their wonderful artwork and poetry and thank them for sharing these creations with all of us,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “Color Maryland Green is a fun way to engage children in their natural world, while reinforcing the value of stewardship and conservation.”

The annual Color Maryland Green contest is designed to encourage children to take advantage of the abundant recreational opportunities and natural resources that Maryland has to offer. Each entry was unique in encapsulating the beauty and wonder of the State’s outdoors. The entries included photographs, oil paintings, pencil and charcoal sketches, crayon and marker drawings, poetry and video.

“Year after year, DNR is impressed by these students’ amazing works of art, photography and poetry, and seeing how each of them uniquely conveys their relationship with nature,” said La Von Boston, the contest’s manager.

Staff from DNR’s Office of Communications and local teachers judged the contest, choosing one entry from each age group in art, poetry, photography and video. The Grand Prize Winner was Delightful Nature by Alana Koh of New Market, which will be featured on the cover of the 2013-2014 Maryland Bay Game. View the winning works at

The 2013 winners:

Grade K-2: Riley Herdson of Ellicott City
3-6: Freya Haksar of Chevy Chase
7-9: Kendalyn Korth of Sykesville
10-12: Taya Fitzgerald-Hayman of Hyattsville
Grade K-2: Tyler Wu of Ellicott City
3-6: Alana Koh of New Market (Grand Prize Winner)
7-9: Bozhena Kulchyckyj of Arnold
10-12: Fabiana Berenguer Gil of Westminster
K-2: No Entries
3-6: Sid Dillen of Silver Spring
7-9: Coral Medford of Crownsville
10-12: Thomas Best of Mt. Airy

All of the winners will receive 2013 Maryland State Park Passports, which, for the entire year, provides unlimited day-use entry for everyone in a car, unlimited boat launching at all State Park facilities, and more. For more information about the Color Maryland Green contest and how to enter, visit