2023 Contest Winners
We are excited to announce the winners of the 2023 Healthy Decision-Making Art Contest!
1st: Gleven Pascual
Erik Ramstad Middle School
2nd: Blake Hasse
Sargent Central Public School
3rd: Abree Diaz Gonzalez
Hebron Public School
1st: Sarah Nelson
Iroquois High School
2nd: Rhylan Tschappat
Frederick Area School District
3rd: Grace Richter
T.F. Riggs Public High School
Thank you to everyone who submitted pieces for the contest. We deeply appreciate your artistic talents and taking the time to share them with the region.
About the Contest
Hosted by Strengthening the Heartland, the Healthy Decision-Making Art Contest gives youth across the Dakota’s the opportunity to share their art.
Youth were prompted to create art that represented what healthy decision-making meant to them. We start each day making a decision to get out of bed. From there, we are confronted with a variety of opportunities to exercise the decision-making portion of our brain. Some decisions we make are cause for little thought, while others force us to pause and consider where we should go from here.
In response, we received a myriad of creative submissions including illustration, drawing, and painting. Submissions were judged based on criteria craftsmanship, originality, and interpretation of the topic.
Prizes: The club, organization, or class of winner received a prize package towards STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) supplies. In addition, the individual winner (student, club member, etc.) will have the opportunity to have their art distributed widely as a postcard or bookmark.
- 1st Place: $1000 worth of supplies (View a sample supply list here)
- 2nd Place: $500 worth of supplies
- 3rd Place: $250 worth of supplies
About Strengthening the Heartland
Strengthening the Heartland (STH) developed through the collaborative efforts of faculty from South Dakota State University Extension and North Dakota State University Extension. With generous grant support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the mission of STH is to invest in the wellness and prosperity of rural communities across the Dakotas.