Friends of Schmeeckle announce art contest winners

Metro Wire Staff

Winners of the sixth annual Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve Writing, Art, and Photo contest have been announced, and works will be publicly displayed in downtown Stevens Point through early next year.

Winners in each category will be honored at a Friday, Dec. 6 reception from 4:30-5:45 p.m. at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitors Center, 2419 North Point Dr. in Stevens Point. The public is welcome to attend.

After the opening reception, entries will be exhibited through early January in the Main St. window display at the Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main St., Stevens Point. After that, entries will be on display for the next year in the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center meeting room.

Winning entries were submitted by:

· Art, Adult: First place, Aleisha Muras; second place, Tim Swiecki; third place, Carli Uher.

· Art, Grades 7-12: First place, Tessa Bruckhart; second place, Katherine Schoenecker; third place, Matthew Schoenecker and Elizabeth Schoenecker (tie).

· Photography, Intermediate/Advanced Level: First place, Sophia Sperduto; second place, Ian Vierck; third place, Justin Rohe.

· Photography, Beginner Level: First place, Alyssa Johnson; second place, Alex Fredrich; third place, Christy Nordin.

· Writing: First place, Michael Houlihan; second place, Gina Patton; third place, Bill Lawlor.

All winners will receive a certificate of recognition. First-place winners also will receive a $50 gift certificate to The Browse Shop in the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center.

The Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve hosts the contest to raise awareness of the reserve and the Friends group, which supports the natural area.

“Our community’s writers, artists, and photographers have captured the essence of Schmeeckle Reserve in paintings, photographs, poems, and three-dimensional art,” said Jerry Lineberger, Friends of Schmeeckle board president. “Schmeeckle Reserve is a treasure in our community, and local citizens have expressed their love and appreciation of this resource in creative ways.”

Contest submissions and winning entries are posted on the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve website. Visit<> and then click on “Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve” and “Arts Contest.”

Schmeeckle Reserve is part of UW-Stevens Point and offers nearly five miles of trails, open sunrise to sunset.

The Visitor Center is open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features hands-on exhibits, Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame and gift shop.