Three Northeast Nebraska Youths Place In 2020 Nebraska Fish Art Contest

LINCOLN – There were three youths from the Northeast Nebraska area that placed in the 2020 Nebraska Fish Art Contest. In the grades 10-12 category, Emerson’s Caleb Cockborn placed second with a channel catfish. Also, for grades 10-12 Carter Luber of Emerson placed third with a channel catfish. Kiersten Hans from Bloomfield won the K-3 group with a channel catfish.

This contest brings youth, art, and aquatic conservation into one. The artists make an original illustration of any official state fish. Channel catfish is a popular one because it’s the state fish of Nebraska. Along with the illustration, artists must submit a description of the fish’s behavior, habitat, and conservation efforts.

Below are the results for each age group:

Grades 10-12 – First place: Margaret Olivia Hoff, Alliance, channel catfish; Second place: Caleb Cockborn, Emerson, channel catfish; Third place: Carter Luber, Emerson, channel catfish

Grades 7-9 – First place: Christopher Neuharth, Crofton, channel catfish; Second place: Eleanor Wehr, North Platte, Florida saltwater sailfish; Third place: Sally Joyner, Humboldt, sailfish

Grades 4-6 – First place: Sunflower Cardinale, Omaha, Atlantic sailfish; Second place: Tzeitel Wehr, North Platte, Colorado cutthroat trout; Third place: Trevin Klein, Merna, largemouth bass

Grades K-3First place: Kiersten Hans, Bloomfield, channel catfish; Second place: Julia McNamara, Papillion, Atlantic sailfish; Third place: Gunner Johnson, Springview, rainbow trout

The 2020 Nebraska Fish Art Contest is sponsored by Game and Parks, Wildlife Forever, and Bass Pro Shop. To view the artwork from the people listed above, visit