By Marianne Curtis
A grade seven student from St. Malo will have the privilege of having her award winning painting distributed among youth anglers province wide during the upcoming fishing season.
Twelve year old Jackie St. Hilaire was among several Ecole St. Malo students that recently took part in an art contest sponsored by Manitoba Youth Angler. Students had to depict a yellow perch in its natural environment.
Her painting called “Underwater Fun” earned her a first place prize of $200 and a poster of her painting which will adorn the front of 50,000 youth angling cards. Youth angling cards are available to children free of charge wherever fishing licenses are purchased to help promote recreational fishing among youth.
The twelve year old explained her painting.
”I decided to use pencil crayons because I thought with pencil crayons you could make more colours clash together,” says St. Hilaire. “I drew a lot of plants because yellow perch like hanging around swampy and plant filled places at the bottom of big lakes.”
Rachael Plummer,Ecole St.Malo art teacher, is thrilled with her student’s achievement.
“We began by researching the yellow perch, looking at pictures and finding out things such as it diet and natural habitat. Then we experimented with some different media in the pictures, and students decided on whether to use oil pastels, pencil or paint in their final picture,” Plummer explained. “Jackie spent a lot of time working on the details in her picture, such as the yellow perch’s scales, which really made her final product stand out.”
As part of her prize, St. Hilaire and her parents went to the Manitoba Legislature to meet with the Minister of Water Stewardship Christine Melnick.
Water and Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick congratulates twelve year old Jackie St Hilaire for winning a province wide art contest hosted by Manitoba Youth Angler.