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KWWF calendar contest deadline set for May 2

ROSCOMMON – Area students might want to mark May 2 on their calendars. That’s the deadline for entries to be submitted for the 2011-2012 Young Artist Calendar Contest sponsored by the Kirtland’s Warbler Wildlife Festival and Kirtland Community College.

The annual calendar contest is open to all students in grades K-8. Last year, contest officials received nearly 900 entries picturing northern Michigan’s jack pine ecosystem, the summer home of the Kirtland’s warbler, or the rare song bird’s wintering grounds in the Bahamas.

“We’re just hoping that teachers, parents and, of course, students put Monday, May 2, on their calendar and again participate in the Young Artists contest,” said Dennis Mansfield, contest coordinator and public relations director for Kirtland Community College. “After all, it’s the efforts of the students that make the calendar so special.”

Entries will be judged prior to the annual festival, held on the third Saturday in May, by festival committee members and special guests. A total of 96 students will have their artwork selected for use in the next edition of the calendar.

“While the total of 96 images in one calendar seems like a lot, it’s actually very tough for the judges to choose the winners,” Mansfield said. “We get that many great entries.”

Entries must be drawn horizontally and be completed on an 8.5-by-11 inch sheet of white paper.

All of the entries will be on display at the Kirtland House conference center the day of the festival, which this year will be on Saturday, May 21, with the winning and honorable mention entries also displayed on the festival’s Web site.

“The Young Artist Calendar has developed into a special project, as it’s both artistic and educational,” Mansfield added. “Just having students do the entries helps them learn about the unique ecosystem we have here in northern Michigan and about the wildlife it supports.”

Calendar entries should be mailed to: Kirtland Community College, Attention: PR Office, 10775 N. St. Helen Road, Roscommon, Mich. 48653.

For more information on the annual calendar contest, persons may contact Mansfield via e-mail at dennis.mansfield@kirtland.edu or call 989-275-5000, extension 242.