Stephanie Moore wants to be an illustrator or a paleontologist. Or maybe both. She is well on her way. The artistic Grade 2 student recently won best in category for her colourful drawing, Herrerasaurus and Eggs in Nests in the Prehistoric Poster Contest 2005 sponsored by the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
The dinosaurs from Triassic Argentina took one week to complete, she said. “I did it during the time school was closed because it was so icy. So I was happy that I had time to work on it.”
Over 6,100 students from several countries took part in the contest. There were five school grade categories. Stephanie earned the highest number of points in Grades 1 through 3. She has loved dinosaurs all her life – all seven years of it.
“I started drawing dinosaurs when I was three years old. At first, I tried copying them from drawings I saw in books.” And with practice, she just got better and better. Last week, the judges described her work as a “beautiful drawing” and Stephanie as “a very creative artist.”
She now draws dinosaurs free hand, using her imagination. Why the interest in dinosaurs? “Oh because they are really cool creatures. And really big. It must have been really something to see them walking around.” The budding young artist also enjoys drawing lizards. Other animals are still a challenge. “Dinosaurs are easier to draw than animals, I think.”
In addition to her artistic talent, Stephanie is also a remarkable diver having 30 competitive diving medals to her credit. She attends meets all over the province. “When I first dove off the diving board I got to the edge and then turned back and told the person behind me to go ahead. Then I just did it. And I’m happy that I did it without the bubbles. They protect us hurting our backs and heads.”
A bonus of her artistic win announced April 2, was a trip to the awards ceremony in Drumheller, Alberta where she was wowed by the sights. “I liked seeing my poster up on the big screen.”
She also enjoyed meeting Science Education Administrator Earle Wieber.
And she would like to spend her winnings – $100 – in the museum’s gift store. “I would buy all the dinosaur stuff I saw and everything else I could buy in there adding up to $100,” she said. Stephanie’s poster will be on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum until August 31, 2005.