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North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team art and writing contest program held

MASON CITY – The award program for the eighth annual North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT) art/writing contest was held at the Music Man Square on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Mayor Eric Bookmeyer presented the following awards:  For the Art contest at the Grade 9-12 level, Anna Hensel (Mason City High School) won first place and Ashleigh Torres (Alternative HS) won second.  Abby Wheatcraft won first place Art and Ashley Peterson won second place Art at the Grade 6-8 level (both winners from North IA Christian School).  For Art at the K-5 level, Kailah Thompson won first place and Sarah Anderegg won second place (both winners from Newman Elementary).  For the Writing contest at the Grade 9-12 level, Tahmyrah Lytle (Mason City High School) won first place and Ileyah Mays (Alternative High School) won second.  For the Grade 6-8 level, Carly Paulsen (Lincoln Intermediate) won first place and Hunter Dingman (John Adams Middle School) won second place.  For Writing at the K-5 level, Dedra Harrington (Roosevelt Elementary) won first place and Kylie Anderson (Garner-Hayfield Elementary) won second place.

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.  Participation certificates were presented to every participant from the North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team.   Pictures of the mayor presenting the awards will soon be posted on the Diversity Team’s Facebook page.

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, ControlPrint Creative, 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.

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