Win $1,000 for your school


2020 School Mascot Challenge Winners: Storm Lake St. Mary's School in Storm Lake.

2021 School Mascot Challenge

Win $1,000 for your school by participating in the 2021 School Mascot Challenge! To enter the contest, simply register to participate in the Healthiest State 11th Annual Walk on October 6. The first 64 schools who register will be automatically entered.

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Registration opens August 2!

HOW TO VOTE: Schools that are entered into the contest will be notified on or before August 28. The schools will compete in a bracket-style challenge via Woobox (on Facebook or through Woobox website). Each week from Aug. 30– Oct. 6, Iowans will be able to vote for their favorite mascot until a final winner is crowned. Weekly updates will be posted on social media.


  • Round of 64: Week of Aug. 30
  • Round of 32: Week of Sept. 6
  • Round of 16: Week of Sept. 13
  • Elite 8: Week of Sept. 20
  • Final 4: Week of Sept. 27
  • Final 2: Oct. 4 (voting ends Oct. 6 at noon)

PRIZE: One winning school will be awarded $1,000. The prize money can be used to help start or fund healthy incentive projects. The Healthiest State Initiative will hold a check presentation for the winning school at a later date. The winning school will be required to provide a project update within one year of funds being awarded. See full rules here.

Healthiest State Annual Walk

walklogoThe Healthiest State 11th Annual Walk is an opportunity for your school to join thousands of other Iowans statewide in walking for 30 minutes on October 6.  Walking is the perfect activity to foster social connectedness in communities following more than a year of social distancing and disconnection.