Announcing the 2014 Young Birders of the Year!

Announcing the 2014 Young Birders of the Year!

The results are in after another fantastic ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest!
Before we get to the exciting announcement of the winners, we have to tip our well-worn birding caps to all of the participants and the dedicated panel of judges. This year’s contest proved to be a VERY tight race in all of the modules, and especially in the tabulation for overall YBY winners. Not only did we have the opportunity to view this year’s creative and inspirational entries, we also witnessed the outpouring of knowledge and helpful critiques bestowed upon each entry by our renowned judges. It is truly heartwarming and reassuring to know that all of the judges took their responsibility seriously, embraced their opportunity to help further along a young birder’s dreams, and individually share their immense wealth of knowledge. For that, we are extremely grateful.
Now, onto the Young Birder of the Year winners for 2014!
In the 10 to 13 Age Group, 1st Place went to 13-year-old Chloe Walker from Murfeesboro, Tennessee. Chloe excelled in both the Field Notebook and the Conservation/Community Leadership modules and finished with a final combined score of 85.75. Finishing a close runner-up was 12-year-old Elijah Martineau, from Lansing, Michigan. Elijah also showed his talents in Conservation/Community Leadership, along with the Illustration and Photography modules and finished with 81 points. Our 3rd Place finisher from San Antonio, Texas, was 12-year-old Esther Yoon, finishing with 72 points.

2014 Young Birder of the Year Chloe Walker

2014 Young Birder of the Year Chloe Walker!


In the 14 to 18 Age Group, fifteen-year-old Alec Wyatt from Colorado Springs, Colorado took 1st Place honors. Alec impressed the judges for a second year in a row with his dedication in his Conservation/Community Leadership module and outstanding Field Notebook. He finished with a final combined score of 96.75. Runner-up in this age group was 16-year-old Rebecca Rolnick, hailing from Fayetteville, New York. Rebecca also showed her talents in both the Field Notebook and Conservation/Community Leadership modules and finished with a close 92.75 points. Our 3rd Place finisher was Alex Wiebe, a fifteen-year-old from Takoma Park, Maryland, finishing with 90 points.
Young Birder of the Year Alec Wyatt!

2014 Young Birder of the Year Alec Wyatt!


We have posted the top three finishers in each age in each of the five modules in the chart below. A hearty congratulations from all of us at the ABA go out to every participant in this year’s ABA YBY Contest, you continue to amaze us!
Leica_ RGB 10cmEach of the overall ABA Young Birder of the Year winners will receive a pair of Leica Trinovid Binoculars, generously donated by ABA’s Legacy Sponsor, Leica Sport Optics. Prizes for individual module winners were donated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Crossley Books, Eagle Optics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Princeton University Press, Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition, and SWIFT Birder Listing Software.
We’ll be posting interviews with the contest winners in the coming weeks, along with examples of some of their award-winning submissions. In the meanwhile, good birding and remember – the 2015 Young Birder of the Year Contest begins April 15th!
Bill Stewart
ABA Young Birder Program Coordinator

Results of the 2014 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest
ILLUSTRATION 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
SILAS HERNANDEZ 1ST 80 13 GREAT MEADOWS, NJ
ELIJAH MARTINEAU 2ND 74 12 LANSING, MI
MAXIME PITCHON 3RD 72 13 LONGMEADOW, MA
         
ILLUSTRATION 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
COURTNEY MOORE 1ST 90 14 VESTAL, NY
MAY MARTINEAU 2ND 76 14 LANSING, MI
KATIE BOORD 3RD 63 14 OLIVE BRANCH, MS
         
WRITING 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
TRUTH MULLER 1ST 65 13 ROCK HILL, NY
SARIAH MARTINEAU 2ND 63.5 10 LANSING, MI
N/A 3RD  
         
WRITING 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
REBECCA ROLNICK 1ST 79.5 16 FAYETTEVILLE, NY
ALEC WYATT 2ND 77.5 15 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
MARCEL SUCH 3RD 70 17 LYONS, CO
         
PHOTOGRAPHY 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
ESTHER YOON 1ST 80 12 SAN ANTONIO, TX
HAYDEN BILDY 2ND 66 11 LONDON, ON
MAXIME PITCHON 3RD 63 11 LONGMEADOW, MA
 
PHOTOGRAPHY 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
COURTNEY MOORE 1ST 88 15 VESTAL, NY
MARCEL SUCH 2ND 84 17 LYONS, CO
SAM HEINRICH/JOHN SHAMGOCHIAN 3RD 64 15/14 CARLISLE, MA/EAST PROVIDENCE, RI
         
FIELD NOTEBOOK 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
CHLOE WALKER 1ST 104 13 MURFREESBORO, TN
ESTHER YOON 2ND 74 12 SAN ANTONIO, TX
ASHLEY KELEHER 3RD 72 11 MASHPEE, MA
         
FIELD NOTEBOOK 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
ALEC WYATT 1ST 107 15 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
REBECCA ROLNICK 2ND 99 16 FAYETTEVILLE, NY
ALEX WIEBE/CHARLOTTE WASYLIK 3RD 98 15/15 TAKOMA PARK, MD/VERMILION, AL
         
CONSERVATION/COMMUNITY 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
ELIJAH MARTINEAU 1ST 95 11 LANSING, MI
TRUTH MULLER 2ND 89 13 ROCK HILL, NY
CARLOS BARBERY/ESTHER YOON 3RD 83 13/12
GATINEAU, QU
         
CONSERVATION/COMMUNITY 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
MARCEL SUCH 1ST 91 17 LYONS, CO
ALEC WYATT/REBECCA ROLNICK 2ND 86.5 15 COLORADO SPRINGS/FAYETTEVILLE
ALEX WIEBE 3RD 82 15 TAKOMA PARK, MD
         
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