MASON CITY – The award program for the seventh annual North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT) art/writing contest was held at the Music Man Square on Thursday, March 8, 2012.
Mayor Eric Bookmeyer presented the following awards: For the Art contest at the Grade 9-12 level, Maggie Wendel (Alternative HS) won first place and Brooke Thompson (Alternative HS) won second. Sabre Wander won first place Art and Abby Wheatcraft won second place Art at the Grade 6-8 level (both winners from North IA Christian School). For Art at the K-5 level, Jacilyn Kehm (Newman Elementary) won first place and Kaylee Heston (North Iowa Christian School) won second. For the Writing contest at the Grade 6-8 level, Ramona Robinette won first place and Cade Quinn won second place (both of Newman Middle School). For Writing at the K-5 level, Nate Mallo won first place and Andrea Guerra won second place (both of Roosevelt Elementary.
The First place Art winners each were awarded an 8×10 placque of their art work along with a sheet of real postage stamps. First place Writing winners were each awarded $50.00. All second place winners received $25.00. All winners also received a book that included all the art and writing contest entries. A Congressional Certificate signed by Tom Latham was presented to each winner. Participation certificates were presented to every participant from the North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team.
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 Jane Ginapp at (641) 424-1021.
This contest was sponsored by the North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT), the Mason City Schools, Farrer Endowment Foundation, Community Quick Print, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, and KCMR.
NIDAT’s mission statement is to work to inspire and empower the diverse population of North Iowa to recognize, value, and respect all people.