West Virginia Species Kids Art Contest Winners Announcement

We’re so excited to finally be announcing the art contest winners! 

This year was our second art contest for kids to engage in their creativity and learn more about West Virginia wildlife. WV is home to roughly 600 incredible creatures that need our time and attention in order to thrive! In order to protect and love something, it's important to learn about it. We see this annual art contest as an opportunity to inspire upcoming generations to get involved in conserving our beautiful wild lands. 

Our participants this year were all roughly from the same age group, so we decided to organize winners in three categories of: Threatened and Endangered, Common WV Species, and Iconic. 

The winners are...

Threatened and Endangered:

  • Winner: Cheat Mountain Salamander by Delaney Stull
  • Second Place: Big Bat by Asa Gaugot

Common WV Species:

  • Winner: Bobcat by Marley Miner 
  •  Second place: Black bear by Raina Logar 

Iconic Species:

  • Winner: Mountain Lion by Keira Kosut
  • Second place: Coyote by Tessa Dubansky
  • Runner up: Rhododendron by Vivian Crossland 

All winners received t-shirts. In addition to t-shirts, 1st place winners also received stickers and Ginny ornaments. Congratulations to the contestants! We are so thankful for their participation, and love seeing creative minds at work! A special thank you to Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative for their engagement. Until next year. 

Iconic Species


Mountain Lion by Keira Kosut, 4th Grade


Coyote by Tessa Dubansky, 5th grade


Rhododendron by Vivian Crossland, 5th Grade

Common Species


Bobcat by Marley Miner, 6th grade


American black bear by Raina Logar, 6th grade

Threatened & Endangered Species

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Cheat Mountain Salamander by Delaney Stull, 6th Grade


Big Eared Bat by Asa Gaujot, 4th grade

2020 winners:

Tiny conservationists (2-5 years): Nix Mielzarek, WV Northern Flying Squirrel

Elementary (K-5th graders): Levi Yoder, Candy Darter

Middle School (6-8th grade): Kate Eshenaur, Guyandotte River Crayfish

High School (9th-12th grade): Hermione Vos, Eastern Cougar

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Check out these awesome submissions from 2020!

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Candy Darter, age 2

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Cheat Mountain Salamander, age 8

bald eagle 13

Bald Eagle, age 13


Eastern Cougar, age 11

flying squirrel 8

WV Northern Flying Squirrel, age 8

roatan coral snake 6

Roatan Coral Snake, age 7

snow leopard 9

Clouded Leopard, age 9

Eastern Cougar 8

Eastern Cougar, age 8

narwhal 5

Narwhal, age 5

red panda 5

Red Panda, age 5

Candy Darter 3

Candy Darter, age 3

Eastern Cougar 7

Eastern Cougar, age 7

bumblebee 4

Bumblebee, age 4


eastern cougar 6

Eastern Cougar, age 6

Easteca CoUgar-1

Eastern Cougar, age 6

Easteca CoUgar-2

Eastern Cougar, age 9

Eastern Cougar 8 (2)

Eastern Cougar, age 8

piping plover 8

Piping Plover, age 8


Candy Darter, age 5


Eastern Cougar, age 3


Guyandotte River Crayfish, age 7


Rusty Patched Bumblebee, age 7

guyandotte 17

Guyandotte River Crayfish, age 17

flying squirrel 4

WV Northern Flying Squirrel, age 4

harparella 5

Harperella, age 5

guyandotte 2nd grade

Guyandotte River Crayfish, age 8

Flying Squirrel 15

WV Northern Flying Squirrel, age 15

candy darter elementary

Candy Darter, elementary

giant panda 9

Giant Panda, age 9

ivory billed woodpecker 17

Ivory Billed Woodpecker, age 17

leopard 7

Leopard, age 7

guyandotte crayfish 4

Guyandotte River Crayfish, age 4


Rusty Patched Bumblebee, HS


Candy Darter, ag 15


Candy Darter, age 10

raflesia 6th grade

Raflesia, 6th grade


Cheat Mountain Salamander, age 5

koala 9

Koala, age 9

Reid Ely Harperella 3-1

Harperella, age 3

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Cheat Mountain Salamander, age 3

Asher Ely candy darter 8-1

Candy Darter, age 8

Asher Ely – Persistent Trillium 8-1

Persistent Trillium, age 8

diamond darter 13

Diamond Darter, age 13

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Eastern Cougar, 12th grade

Runa Kirk Art Contest FOB

Rusty Patched Bumblebee, age 6

Lauren Worth Artwork Contest-1

Flat-spired Three-toothed Land Snail, age 11

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Candy Darter, Elementary