Interview with New Jersey 5th-grade winner in national endangered species art contest

Difei holds her award-winning artwork. Photo courtesy of her mom, Ivy Wang.
Difei holds her award-winning artwork. Photo courtesy of her mom, Ivy Wang.

Difei Li holds her award-winning artwork. Photo courtesy of Ivy Wang.

Q. Why did you enter the endangered species art contest? A. I entered the endangered species art contest because I wanted to show the world–not just USA–that saving our species, and others, is important. We should all participate to help animals thrive and live as good as we do.

Q. Why are you interested in endangered animals? A. I am interested in endangered animals because we need to help them survive and live. Just like us, we do not want our kind die, and they don’t want theirs to. It will be sad to never see some animal species again if they die out and we don’t protect them.

This eagle drawing by 10-year-old Difei Li won the 3-5 grade category of the Endangered Species Youth Art Contest!

This eagle drawing by 10-year-old Difei Li won the 3-5 grade category of the Endangered Species Youth Art Contest!

Q. What made you choose the eagle and flag for your artwork? A. I chose these because eagle is our country’s bird, and it’s endangered! We need to help save it, or else why use it as our symbol? The flag shows our country, and the eagle stands for being someone important in our nation. So I am letting everyone know that we have to help this bird survive and keep being our most popular bird.

Q. What kinds of animals did you include inside the animal (What an incredible idea!)? The animals inside the young eagle were all endangered species of the USA. Not just protecting the bald eagle, we also have to save other animals, too. Some of the animals are the gray wolf, leatherback sea turtle, black-footed ferret, giant sea bass, and others.

Q. Are you excited for your win? A. Yes, because it is a great honor to be selected out of so many great pieces of artwork and win the 3-5 grade category. I think it is really hard, so whoever won the other categories should also be happy.

Q. Do you plan to continue to create artwork? Of course, I always love to draw, especially drawing realistic animals. During the process, sometimes you mess up and feel frustrated, but the result is always great. Creating artwork makes me feel happy during the process and at the end when I finish. Nothing is impossible, just don’t give up.

Check out the other youth art contest winning and semifinalist entries!

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