Contestants have been on the edges of their seats for the past month, but the long wait is over. The judges have reviewed all of the entries and submitted their scores. ABA staff has tabulated the results, and we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Birder of the Year Contest! Your 2015 Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 age category is 15-year-old Marky Mutchler of Liberty, Missouri! Marky took top honors in the Illustration module, as well as second place in the Conservation & Community Leadership Module and third place in the Photography Module. In second place is last year’s Young Birder of the Year, Chloe Walker, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Elizabeth Bevins from Herndon Virginia takes home third place honors.
Marky Mutchler with an Arizona Sister during 2014 Camp Chiricahua (Photo: Jennie Duberstein)
The 2015 Young Birder of the Year in the 10-13 age category is 12-year-old Dessi Sieburth from Montrose, California with a remarkable 98.5 points. Dessi took top honors in both the Conservation & Community Leadership and Field Notebook modules. Maxime Pitchon, a 13-year-old from Longmeadow, Massachusetts takes second place, and 12-year-old Ethan Rising, from Cincinnati, Ohio is our third place winner.