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River of Words® IOWA Environmental Poetry and Art Exhibit


River of Words® (ROW) conducts an environmental poetry and art contest for youth aged 5 to 19 in grades K-12 every year. ROW is a Project of The Center for Environmental literacy at St. Mary's College of California. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of their own watershed, and to express what they discover through poetry and art. Winners of the international contest will be announced in April of each year, and are honored in a mid-April ceremony at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California. Eight grand prize winners from the US and a "Teach of the Year" will win round-trip transportation from the winner’s nearest major airport to Washington, D.C. from ROW International.

Entries not chosen as finalists or grand prize winners in the international contest are returned to Iowa, where they are judged in an Iowa statewide River of Words contest.

For specific information (artwork and poetry requirements, due dates, contact information, etc.) visit the ROW website.

2013 Iowa River of Words®
Environmental Poetry & Art Contest Results

Thirty-three Iowa students have been announced as the winners, runner-ups or honorable mentions in the 2013 Iowa River of Words® (ROW) Environmental Poetry and Art Contest.  The students’ poems and art were selected from hundreds of entries submitted to the contest. The results are as follows:

POETRY

Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

WINNER: “The Beach” by Olivia Spracklin of West Des Moines

RUNNER-UP: “Fish” by Bella Hager of West Des Moines

HONORABLE MENTION: “Beach” by Louie Hartkop of Clive

4th to 6th Grade

WINNER: “King of the Pond” by Max Wilson of West Des Moines

RUNNER-UP: “Seaweed” by Bevan Fogdall of West Des Moines

RUNNER-UP: “The Symphony of Nature” by Ava Dietrich of Grinnell

7th to 9th Grade

WINNER: “Unforgiving Stream” by Shivani Kumaresan of Urbandale

RUNNER-UP: “Finding Peace” by Kjistine Peterson of Ankeny

RUNNER-UP: “The World Against Me” by Kjistine Peterson of Ankeny

HONORABLE MENTION: “Storm” by Madison Shilling of Knoxville

10th to 12th Grade

WINNER: “The Whisper of the Sky” by Xena Fitzgerald of Mount Vernon

RUNNER-UP: “Nature Shakes and Shivers” by Justeen Schoner of Des Moines

HONORABLE MENTION: “Plick-Plock” by Catalina Cucu of Keota

HONORABLE MENTION: “The Forms it Takes” by Myle Duong of Davenport

National Poetry Finalists

"Spring Thunderstorm" by Cori Dahlby-Albright of Grinnell

"A Leaf" by Tessa Mayer of Cambridge

ART

Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

WINNER: “Water Lilies” by Emma Chambers of Dubuque

RUNNER-UP: “Colorful Fall” by Emma Chambers of Dubuque

4th to 6th Grade

WINNER: “Blank Park Zoo” by Kayla Moats of Knoxville

RUNNER-UP: “Farmland Sunset” by Kennedy Boyd of Waukee

HONORABLE MENTON: “Mountain Creek” by Adam McFee of Grinnell

HONORABLE MENTON: “The Tiger” by Danielle Oberfoell of West Des Moines

7th to 9th Grade

WINNER: “The Shallows” by Suzanna Host of Polk City

RUNNER-UP: “Swimming” by Amanda Schuler of State Center

HONORABLE MENTION: “Bobwhite Quails” by Kaitlyn Hood of Ankeny

HONORABLE MENTION: “Breezy Meadow” by Ashli Van Deest of Grundy Center

HONORABLE MENTION: “Mill on Oak Hill” by Julia Eastin of Ankney

10th to 12th Grade

WINNER: “Sea Turtle” by Karen Selof” of Polk City

RUNNER-UP: “Seashells in the River of Lace” by Justeen Schoner of Des Moines

RUNNER-UP: “Koi River” by Angel McLaughlin of Mason City

HONORABLE MENTION: “The beauty of Water” Adam Hendersott of Davenport

HONORABLE MENTION: “Water The Key to Life” by Tillie Sitz of Davenport

HONORABLE MENTION: “What’s really in our water?” by Collin Garrett of Davenport

HONORABLE MENTION: “Feather Fun” by Justeen Schoner of Des Moines

2013 Iowa River of Words® Exhibit Schedule -

October 7-15, 2013- Knoxville Public Library, Knoxville, IA

November 4-29, 2013- Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque, IA

December 9-20, 2013- Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

January 6-24, 2014- Reiman Gardens, Ames, IA

February 3-21, 2014- Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

March 3- 28, 2014- Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Sioux City, IA


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2013 ROW Photos:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/iowadnr/sets/72157634897337331/

River of Words®
also publishes an annual poetry book of winning submissions, selected by Robert Hass, and exhibits the children’s paintings at museums, libraries, conferences, and other venues around the world. The contest is free, and every child is acknowledged with a personalized “Watershed Explorer” certificate. Children may enter on their own or through schools, nature centers, libraries, youth clubs, and other organizations.

For specific information (artwork and poetry requirements, due dates, contact information, etc.) visit the ROW website.

Here's how it works:

  1. Entries must be postmarked and submitted directly to River of Words by December 1st each year.
  2. ROW returns Iowa's entries to Iowa in April for Iowa's statewide competition.
  3. State winners are chosen in May.

Send entries by December 1 to:
River of Words
PO Box 5060
Moraga, CA 94575-5060
Phone: 925-631-4289

Exhibitors from previous years' contests

2012 Exhibit Program 
2011 Exhibit Program
2010 Exhibit Program
2009 Exhibit Program

2008 Exhibit Program
2007 Exhibit Program
2006 Exhibit Program
2005 Exhibit Program
2004 Exhibit Program


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