AMERICA’S BEST IDEA

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America’s Best Idea Herky includes famous landmarks, plants, and animals from my favorite National Parks.

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Archer Damschen

I am 13 years old and have lived in Iowa City my whole life. My family has visited 15 National Parks, and we love to see the landscapes, plants, and animals. I have loved art since I could hold a crayon. I play piano and trumpet, and also participate in cross country. I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and going to restaurants.

Meet the Artist

Archer Damschen

I am 13 years old and have lived in Iowa City my whole life. My family has visited 15 National Parks, and we love to see the landscapes, plants, and animals. I have loved art since I could hold a crayon. I play piano and trumpet, and also participate in cross country. I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and going to restaurants.

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Johnson County Conservation

The Johnson County Conservation Department strives to provide county residents access to the highest quality healthy natural areas, outdoor recreation opportunities, and conservation education. These services are provided at more than 23 sites throughout Johnson County including natural areas, parks, preserves, and trails. The areas protect more than 2,600 acres of land that provide essential ecological services, provide wildlife habitat, and enhance human health and recreational opportunities.

There are a lot of great Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling memories. A legendary match that will always be at the top was between wrestling greats Mark Ironside and Cary Kolat at the 1996 All-Star Classic at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Both were undefeated wrestlers and rated #1 and #2 in the country. Ironside trailed most of the match, but he was always a driven competitor, never stopping. Relentlessly attacking Kolat, Ironside was able to secure a late takedown to secure the match. A great definition of Ironsides tenacity as a wrestler and a great representation of what Iowa’s wrestling style was all about.

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