The award program for the sixth annual North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT) art/writing contest was held at the Music Man Square on Thursday, March 3rd. For the Art contest at the Grade 9-12 level, Ricky Alonso (Alternative HS) won first place and Kendra Shimak (Newman HS) won second.
Kelly Mueth won first place Art and Brenna Jara won second place Art at the Grade 6-8 level (both winners from North IA Christian School). For Art at the K-5 level, George Conway won first place and Anna Floden won second (both winners from Newman Elementary). For the Writing contest at the Grade 9-12 level, Kelli Gapinski (Clear Lake HS) won first place and Smantha Orozco (MCHS) won second. Hannah Romig won first place Writing and Katie Reuter won second place Writing (both of Newman Middle School) at the Grade 6-8 level. For Writing at the K-5 level, Jared Bock (Newman Elementary) won first place and Carly Paulsen (Roosevelt Elementary) won second place.
The First place Art winners each were awarded a framed postage stamp set of their winning entry donated by Scott Pardoe, Mason City Postmaster. First place Writing winners were each awarded $50.00. All second place winners received $25.00.
The contest was open to all K-12 students (including home-schooled students) in the school districts as far west as West Hancock, as far east as Charles City, as far south as Hampton-Dumont, and as far north as Northwood-Kensett and Lake Mills. The art and writing entries were to express what diversity meant to the student. All Art and Writing contest entries have been published in “The Bridge” book which can be purchased for $10.00 by contacting Aimee Kern at (641) 428-5101.
This contest was sponsored by the North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT), Mason City Schools, United States Postal Service, North Iowa Vocational Center (NIVC), Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, KCMR, the Principal Foundation and Joseph Ramos.
NIDAT’s mission statement is to work to inspire and empower the diverse population of North Iowa to recognize, value, and respect all people.