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WDMCS Students To Be Featured In 'Lyrical Iowa 2021' (05/03/21)

May 3, 2021 | The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) will have several students' work featured in “Lyrical Iowa 2021,” an annual anthology of 300 or more poems chosen from submissions into the Iowa Poetry Association's contests. 

Congratulations to the following students:


  • Jane Ebinger, third grade


  • Taylor Engelmann, junior
  • Abby Feldmann, senior
  • Dasha Gaydayenko, senior
  • Payton Lombardi, senior
  • Lily Nelson, sophomore
  • Riley Quick, junior
  • Abbie Welbes, sophomore

Additionally, Ebinger placed first in the Lower Grades (K-4) level and Nelson captured second in the High School level. View full contest results >

To order a copy of “Lyrical Iowa 2021,” please contact

The Iowa Poetry Association is a non-profit organization promoting interest in and appreciation for better poetry by Iowans. It is an affiliate society of The Academy of American Poets and The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc.

Please join us in congratulating these eight WDMCS learners for their accomplishments!