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Students Win Statewide Video Contest

 winners and guests
Three students from Prairie Ridge Middle School created the winning video in the Iowa Department of Human Rights' Women's History Month contest. 
 
Left to right: Michelle Durand-Adams,  Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women; Adisyn Riley, seventh grade; Nautica Frye, seventh grade; Maci Banyas, seventh grade; San Wong, Director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights.  (View Larger)
 
 School assembly
Seventh graders Nautica Frye, Adisyn Riley, and Maci Banyas were recognized at a recent all-school assembly for creating the winning video in the Iowa Department of Human Rights' Women's History Month contest. (View Larger)
 
 John Stratton and Michelle Durand-Adams
Prairie Ridge teacher John Stratton is recognized  by the Department of Human Rights for his students' winning video in the women's history month contest.
 
Left to right: John Stratton, teacher and Michelle Durand-Adams,  Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women 
 
ANKENY, Iowa (April 26, 2016) - Congratulations to three students from Prairie Ridge Middle School for creating the winning video in the Iowa Department of Human Rights' Women's History Month contest.
 
Seventh graders Nautica Frye, Adisyn Riley, and Maci Banyas produced their video about Ida B. Wise Smith.  Smith is known for launching an investigation into irregular voting practices that caused the defeat of the woman suffrage bill in the Iowa legislature.
 
"We chose Ida B. Wise Smith because she was from Iowa and we wanted to know more about her," said Banyas.
 
During an all-school assembly the three students were recognized by the Iowa Department of Human Rights, distinguished guests, and Governor Terry Branstad who congratulated them via video.
 
"We were so surprised to hear the Governor mention our names," commented Riley.
 
"We were so excited to win," added Frye.
 
"Being recognized by the Iowa Department of Human Rights on the status of women is a tribute to the type of students we work with on a daily basis," said Jim Wichman, Prairie Ridge principal.  "Our staff believes in empowering students to make a difference at school, locally, nationally, and internationally.  I’m very proud of these students and their teacher Jim Stratton."
 
This year the Iowa Department of Human Rights changed the competition from essay entries to video entries.  Students were asked to submit a one-to-three minute video telling a compelling story of how a woman or multiple women positively influenced and affected life in Iowa, the nation, and/or the world today.
 
The contest, open to students grades 5-12,  was offered in partnership with the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women.  The winners received $500 toward school supplies for their classroom.
 
 



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