Mountaintop resident Taylor Herron was recently contacted by Wildlife Forever, a fish conservation and wildlife organization based in Minnesota, that she had won the National Award in the Silent Invader Art Category.
An essay was submitted on the state fish, behavior, habitat and efforts to conserve it in regard to the invasion of aquatic invasive species.
Taylor’s acrylic painting of a lion fish, “Deadly Beauty” and striped bass captured 1st Place in the state in her age category then advanced to the national competition for Invasive Species, winning the 2016 Invader Crusader.
The painting will be displayed on the State Art Wall of Fame at the Forrest Wood Cup world championship of bass fishing in Huntsville, Alabama.
Other winners from Mountaintop were: Kate Fenstemacher, 1st Place and medal in the 4-6 grade level; Ryan Kostiuk, 2nd place for his bass done in acrylics in the 7-9 grade level; and Maggie Murphy, 3rd Place in the 10-12 grade level.
Taylor is a junior at Crestwood High School.
The students are studying the Fine Arts with Anita Herron.
Young artists in grades 10-12 are encouraged to participate in the Fish Arts in their state.