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.
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.
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!
Each 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!
ABA Young Birder Program Coordinator
Results of the 2014 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest
|SILAS HERNANDEZ||1ST||80||13||GREAT MEADOWS, NJ|
|ELIJAH MARTINEAU||2ND||74||12||LANSING, MI|
|MAXIME PITCHON||3RD||72||13||LONGMEADOW, MA|
|COURTNEY MOORE||1ST||90||14||VESTAL, NY|
|MAY MARTINEAU||2ND||76||14||LANSING, MI|
|KATIE BOORD||3RD||63||14||OLIVE BRANCH, MS|
|TRUTH MULLER||1ST||65||13||ROCK HILL, NY|
|SARIAH MARTINEAU||2ND||63.5||10||LANSING, MI|
|REBECCA ROLNICK||1ST||79.5||16||FAYETTEVILLE, NY|
|ALEC WYATT||2ND||77.5||15||COLORADO SPRINGS, CO|
|MARCEL SUCH||3RD||70||17||LYONS, CO|
|ESTHER YOON||1ST||80||12||SAN ANTONIO, TX|
|HAYDEN BILDY||2ND||66||11||LONDON, ON|
|MAXIME PITCHON||3RD||63||11||LONGMEADOW, MA|
|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|
|ELIJAH MARTINEAU||1ST||95||11||LANSING, MI|
|TRUTH MULLER||2ND||89||13||ROCK HILL, NY|
|CARLOS BARBERY/ESTHER YOON||3RD||83||13/12
|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|