What a fun idea for a contest. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources asked children to create artwork with a focus on children enjoying native Iowa wildlife. The winners for the “Take it Outside” contest were announced this week..
The Iowa DNR says the state is rich with natural resources and that Iowans have contributed $4.3 billion to the state’s economy through hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, boating, target shooting and wildlife watching.
Schools were invited to submit posters in four categories: grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All categories were for original hand-drawn artwork. Winners were selected on portrayal of theme, creative expression, originality, visual appeal, and artistic merit.
The picture displayed with this story is from William Getter of Glenwood who was awarded “Most Creative” in the K-2 category. Click the picture to see a slideshow of other top winners.
Individual winners (by category):
Category I: Grades K-2
1st Place – Drew Boothe, Berg Elementary, Newton
Most Creative – William Getter, Northeast Elementary, Glenwood
Best Use of Color – Pleng Saysuib, Norway Elementary, Norway
Category II: Grades 3-5
1st Place – Gwendolyn Hall, STCE Elementary, Tama
Best Use of Theme – Owen Lucas, Bedford Community Schools
Most Creative – Emily Kono, Center Point-Urbana Primary School, Center Point
Best Use of Color – Lauren Kraemer, Washington Elementary, Fairfield
Category III: Grades 6-8
1st Place – Kelsey Hulbert, West Marshall Middle School, State Center
Best Use of Theme – Caitlyn Gray, Jesup Community Schools
Most Creative – McKenna Klekar, St. Joseph, Marion
Best Use of Color – Ashley Sarver, Seymour Community Schools
Category IV: Grades 9-12
1st Place – Sam Sales, East High School, Sioux City
Best Use of Theme – Teresa Hageman, Turkey Valley High School, Jackson Junction
Most Creative – Darian Reese, Anamosa High School
Best Use of Color – Melissa Molloy, Knoxville Schools