Several students will be recognized for their writing and artistic skills as part of the annual Juneteenth celebration in Iowa City. 

This year marks 151 years of Juneteenth, a national observance marking the end of slavery in the United States, often referred to as the African American Emancipation Day. 

As part of the local celebration, Iowa City and Johnson County area students participated in an essay and art competition. Kids age 5 to 18 were asked to submit a two-dimensional art piece. Students age 14 to 18 were asked to write about the progress and ongoing struggle of equal rights in Iowa and the United States. 

Kate Goodvin and Victoria P. Malone won the art contest and will receive a certificate and a prize of $50.  Madelyn Hix took the top spot in the essay contest with her work, "The Bathroom Bill," and will receive a certificate and $150 prize. 

The winners will be recognized during the local Juneteenth celebration happening Saturday, June 25, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m. at Mercer Park and the Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City. All are invited to come and enjoy an afternoon of free family fun. Activities include live music, snacks and games as well as informational materials and an indoor health fair. 

The art and writing competition is sponsored by Johnson County and the City of Iowa City. 

For more information, visit or contact LaTasha DeLoach, Johnson County Social Services, at 319-356-6090 or

Date of publication

Tuesday, June 14, 2016