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$5,000 in scholarships on offer to Moffat, Routt county art, writing students

Craig Press staff report
Greater sandhill cranes
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition/courtesy

CRAIG — Area high school students will be awarded $5,000 in scholarships from the expanded crane-inspired creative arts contest, offered by the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition.

High school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties are encouraged to submit an original piece of writing or artwork inspired by greater sandhill cranes.

Art must qualify for one of three categories, be original, and accurately reflect the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of greater sandhill cranes. Categories are as follows:

Category 1 — Writing: A non-fiction essay or fiction story between 750 and 1,500 words.

Category 2 — Poetry:  A group of three poems.

Category 3 —  Other artistic media: Painting, music, digital art, and photography.

CCCC will accept only one entry per student.

The winner in each category will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and a $500 honorable mention scholarship will be awarded from any one of the three categories.

The prizes are awarded upon each winner’s acceptance into an institution of continuing education. If the winner is not registered by Nov. 1 of the year of the award, the scholarship will be awarded in sequence to a qualifying runner-up.

CCCC reserves the right to use all submissions, with appropriate author credit, for publicity purposes.

The deadline for submission is April 1. All entries should be submitted to cranecreativeartscontest@gmail.com with the following information: last name, first name, address (street or PO box), city, zip code, telephone number, email address, school, category (and subcategory medium for Category 3), and title of entry.

For Category 3, the CCCC requests that a photo of the piece be included in the email. Shortly after the April 1 deadline, the coalition will advise students submitting work in Category 3 about where to bring the original work. For music, the CCCC requests both a copy of the music and a recording.

Students will be responsible for the delivery of the work in early April and pick up of the work after judging is complete.

Judges will be selected by the CCCC Board of Directors, and winners will be announced by the end of May.

The winners’ names will be published on the CCCC’s website, in various media, and at the awards assembly of each area high school, as well as from the podium during the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.  A reception for winners and their families will be held in early June.

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc. is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that works to ensure the protection of greater sandhill cranes and their habitat in Northwest Colorado.