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CHS Artist Wins Vermont 2013 Best of Show Honor

Colchester High School senior Nick Bezio placed first in the state—winning Vermont 2013 Best of Show—and won an honorable mention for his submission to the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest!

US Fish & Wildlife Service's David Frisque, CHS art teacher Vito Cannizzaro, Nick Bezio, and CHS art teacher Anne Cummings
US Fish & Wildlife Service’s David Frisque, CHS art teacher Vito Cannizzaro, Nick Bezio, and CHS art teacher Anne Cummings
CHS senior Nick Bezio won the Vermont 2013 Best of Show award for his submission to the Junior Duck Stamp Contest
CHS senior Nick Bezio won the Vermont 2013 Best of Show award for his submission to the Junior Duck Stamp Contest

The contest, an important educational program sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, presents the “Best of Show” submissions from state/territory competitions around the country to the annual national competition, the winner of which becomes the image for the next Junior Duck Stamp. The stamps are then sold by various organizations in order to fund environmental and conservation programs.

Nick Bezio's 2013 submission took weeks to complete.
Nick Bezio’s 2013 submission took weeks to complete.

Nick is accumulating an impressive collection of accolades and awards for his artistic abilities. His submission to the Junior Duck Stamp Contest won him honors last year, as well, and his logo design was selected by the Vermont Agency of Education’s Green Mountain Star program last summer. His work is also currently on exhibit through May 13 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier as part of the Thirty-Second-Annual Congressional Art Competition, which celebrates artistic talent in every congressional district in the nation. (Winning entries selected at the district level are displayed at the US Capitol Building for one year!)

“I am both happy and sad that this is my last year to participate in this contest,” Nick said. He plans to pursue higher education in wildlife biology and art beginning this fall.

Please join us in congratulating Nick and in wishing him well in all of his future endeavors!

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