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March 27, 2013

Iowa kids ‘Take It Outside’ with art contest sponsored by Iowa DNR

CENTERVILLE — More than 1,700 K-12 Iowa students participated in this year’s Iowa Department of Natural Resources “Take It Outside” art contest.

Entries showcased children visiting native Iowa wildlife in their natural habitat while camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, wildlife watching and more.

This year’s art contest theme focused on Iowa’s native wildlife. Iowa is rich in tradition and abundant with natural resources. Iowans contribute $4.3 billion to Iowa’s economy through hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, boating, target shooting and wildlife-watching.

Schools were invited to submit posters in the following categories: Grades K-two, grades three-five, grades six-eight, and grades nine-12. All categories were for original hand-drawn artwork.

Winners were selected based on portrayal of theme, creative expression, originality, visual appeal and artistic merit.

Category III: Grades 6-8

First 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

Individual artists who placed first in each category received a prize package of exploration and/or outdoor recreation supplies.

Every participant received a certificate from the IDNR. Winning entries will be displayed during the Iowa State Fair at the DNR building.

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