Three Brookings-Harbor students received honorable mentions in the state level of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest.

In an impromptu ceremony at Brookings-Harbor High School, students Nichole Wolff, Anthony Page and Christopher Rolston were given their green ribbons and certificates of participation from Vice Principal Dr. George Park.

Although none of the students placed, only 16 honor mentions are awarded among all the students who enter the contest statewide, according to duck stamp entry literature.

The three students are taught by Chuck Fenner, art instructor. Students have entered and have been awarded ribbons for several consecutive years since the duck stamp started in 1994.

Students chose the the medium and the fowl they wished to draw. They were limited to North American ducks, geese or swans.

Students enter the contest at the state level. Three first, second and third-place ribbons are awarded. These winners advance to the federal level.

This year's grand prize winner is Nathan Closson of Whitefish Mont. The winning stamp may be viewed at http://duckstamps.fws. gov/jrindex.html.

The stamp is purchased from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Proceeds from the stamp are used for purchasing land for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

A current stamp allows free entry into every National Wildlife Refuge and benefits all migratory birds, officials said.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an integrated art and science curriculum developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation, officials said.

It has been designed to fin in with existing programs to conform to state and national curricular standards, officials said.