We were lucky enough to have Mike and Susan Kline as Judges again this
year for our 2008 Wolf Awareness Week Contest. The Klines have experience
as Volunteers with our Wolves and they also have two Wolfdogs of their own.
They take their job seriously and we feel they made wonderful choices again
In our 6-10 year old category there was a hands down winner. We are proud to
announce the First Place Winners, a brother and sister effort put forth by
Drew and Madison Sellers of Hawaii. Drew and Madison are 6 year old twins.
Drew has loved Wolves since he’s been 4 years old. He hopes to someday
work with them when he grows up. Their unique entry is a Gift Box to the
Wolves in the wild. The Judges were blown away with the creativity, Wolf
facts and hard work that were put into this entry. We all chuckled as we
read about Wolf Breeding Season, the time of the year when "Wolves get Married".
The outside of the box was labeled "The Best Gift to the Wolves is …" and when
you took the cover off to open the box, the four sides came down to reveal
pictures of Wolves and facts drawn and wrote by Drew and Madison. The
bottom of the box read "Your knowledge and action".
In our 11-17 year old category our First Place Winner is Alex Coyle.
She is a 14 year old student who has been working for and with Wolves
for many years. She volunteered here at the Preserve when she was
11 and came back to be a Wolf Nanny when the 2007 pups were born.
Alex created a Wolfopoly Game. The thought and effort put into this
just blew the judges away. The object of the game is to remove as
much housing as you can to help the preserves return to their natural
state. Alex made a box, gameboard, instructions, wolf paw tokens and
Chance cards highlighting the problems of the Wolf in the wild.
In our adult category Christina Wright of Washington State submitted a
Wolf Graphic and verse that touched the Judges. Wolves have been a
passion for Christina and her fiance. Christina’s other passion is
graphics so the two were a winning combination. Christina was very
happy that her entry won and wanted to go one step further to help the
Wolves. She is donating her prize back to the Preserve.