SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has disqualified a 6-year-old South Dakota girl from accepting a $5,000 scholarship after her painting was selected for a federal duck stamp.
Six-year-old Madison Grimm, of Burbank, was selected as the winner of the Federal Duck Stamp contest last week. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that she was disqualified after officials learned she had copied it from another image, which is against contest rules. A Fish and Wildlife release says that, following the contest, concerns were raised by parents and teachers about the authenticity of the work. The Federal Duck Stamp Office investigated and learned that the painting had been transferred, which is inconsistent with the Junior Duck Stamp Contest rules. On the advice of the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office, Grimm’s painting was disqualified.
The original runner up, 17-year-old Peter Coulter of Washington, Mo., has been named the new winner.
Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.