Deadline for Entries is
February 15, 2018
Topic is:  The first president of the American Iris Society, John C. Wister said, "The iris is the mainstay of the hardy garden".  Write three examples of why you agree with him.

The Ackerman Essay Contest Award winners are announced at the AIS National Convention.

The Essay Topic for the Ackerman Essay Contest is printed in the January AIS Bulletin Issue by Cheryl Deaton, the National Youth Director.

Essays should be written in 500 words or less. Mail the Essay to:

Debbie Strauss
2213 Hereford Blvd
Midland, TX 79707-5012

Or send as an attachment to the email address above.

The Ackerman Youth Essay Contest is sponsored by the AIS Foundation and there will be two prizes of $100 each for the writers of the winning essays in two separate age categories:
12 year and under category, and the 13 through 18 category.

For other questions contact Cheryl Deaton at