Announcing the 2023 Poster Contest Winners-Congratulations to each of the students selected to be printed in the SCISWA 2024 ECOLOGY calendar!

Elementary students in third through fifth grades from Lucas, Marion, Monroe and Poweshiek counties participated in the annual SCISWA Poster Contest.  Students were asked to create a poster illustrating the ways they can positively affect water quality in the spirit of improved ecology.  Twenty-five posters were selected by the SCISWA Environmental Core Team to be printed in our 2024 ECOLOGY calendar.

Thank you to the nearly 500 students who participated in this year’s contest as well as the school staff and parents who supported them.  A very special thank you to Scott Evans and the Red Rock Lake Association for supporting this contest and for their efforts to improve water quality throughout the region.

For more information about this program or educational opportunities available at SCISWA contact Jennifer Murphy, Program Coordinator, at 641-828-8545 or

Grand Prize    
Kenzie Edel 4 Pella Christian Grade School
Contest Winners    
Merik DeForest 3 Albia Community Schools
Kipplee Busch 3 BGM Community Schools
Noah Eveland 4 Central Iowa Christian School
Gabby Harvey 3 Chariton Community Schools
Benjamin Litvin 5 Chariton Community Schools
Layton Smith 5 Chariton Community Schools
MC Manatt 3 Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools
Grace Conway 4 Grinnell-Newburg Community Schools
Fia Schoerning 4 HLV Community Schools
Elsa Schmidt 4 Knoxville Community Schools
Avery Becker 3 Melcher-Dallas Community Schools
Madison Becker 5 Melcher-Dallas Community Schools
Ayva Olweny 3 Montezuma Community Schools
Allie Huitink 3 Pella Christian Grade School
Hudson Hiemstra 4 Pella Christian Grade School
Avery DeBruin 5 Pella Christian Grade School
Ellery Wiersma 5 Pella Christian Grade School
Blaine Van Kooten 3 Pella Community Schools-Lincoln Elementary
Kyah Vaidiyan 3 Pella Community Schools-Madison Elementary
Gannon Alexander 4 Pella Community Schools-Jefferson Intermediate
Kiplen Plants 4 Pella Community Schools-Jefferson Intermediate
Jatin Vanam 5 Pella Community Schools-Jefferson Intermediate
Dalton Allen 5 Pleasantville Community Schools
Will Grimes 4 Twin Cedars Community Schools