Leah Chung: 11th grade at Libertyville High School
This is a painting of a whelk, a carnivore found most commonly in the mid-Atlantic region. I chose this animal for life sciences because, as with many species, is in danger from climate change — an issue that is very prevalent today. Whelks are predators, but they are also scavengers. Without scavengers such as the whelk, ecosystems would be flooded with both dead plant and animal matter, leaving no space for the living ones. I painted this whelk as a symbol of ocean life and it’s delicate ecosystem.