IKM-Manning fourth-grader Miranda Benton and her art teacher Jean Ferneding hold their plaques during an after-school ceremony at the school&rsquo;s library. Miranda won the Iowa State Education Association&rsquo;s Design a Decal contest. Hundreds of students across Iowa submitted designs, and only 24 were selected. <span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em>Daily Times Herald photo by Paige Godden</em></span>
IKM-Manning fourth-grader Miranda Benton and her art teacher Jean Ferneding hold their plaques during an after-school ceremony at the school’s library. Miranda won the Iowa State Education Association’s Design a Decal contest. Hundreds of students across Iowa submitted designs, and only 24 were selected. Daily Times Herald photo by Paige Godden


A fourth-grade student from Manning Elementary won the Iowa State Education Association’s 28th annual Design a Decal Contest.

Miranda Benton and her art teacher, Jean Ferneding, were honored during an after-school ceremony at IKM-Manning High School’s library Monday night.

Miranda is a daughter of Brad and Amy Benton of Manning.

“The popular Design-a-Decal program helps give statewide recognition to young art students when their winning designs are printed on stickers and teachers use them to give positive feedback ot their students,” according to a press release.

The decals feature encouraging messages such as “Thumbs Up” or “Aced It.”

Teachers use the stickers to grade homework, papers and projects.

Kindergarten through 12th-grade students competed in the contest and were separated into three categories: elementary, middle school and high school.

Of the hundreds of designs that were submitted, only 24 were chosen.

Benton will be able to keep a copy of her decal, and another will be on display at school.

Her design theme was “Wild.”

Judges for this year’s contest were Cindy Brandt of Town Crier LTD. in Pella and Robin Blake of McLellan Marketing Group in Des Moines.