MHS student awarded for her pottery at Iowa State Fair


Marshalltown High School junior Alyssa Sirdoreus is pictured in the MHS art room with her three-award winning pottery pieces from the Iowa State Fair. 

Marshalltown High School junior Alyssa Sirdoreus took home three ribbons from the Iowa State Fair for her 4-H entries of pottery she created at the school.

Sirdoreus received a blue ribbon first place and two red ribbon second place achievements for her ceramic work at the state fair.

Sirdoreus qualified for the state fair after being awarded for her entries at the Central Iowa Fair. She didn’t know about her state results until she visited the 4-H building at the fair in Des Moines and saw for herself.

“It was really exciting,” Sirdoreus said of seeing her awards.

She has completed two pottery classes at MHS and she said MHS pottery teacher Kirk Niehouse is one of her favorites. She said he teaches much more than art.

“He’s been there when I’ve had questions about other classes or about college,” Sirdoreus said. “He’s always willing to take the time to help me.”

Mr. Niehouse said Alyssa works hard and deserves the recognition.

“Alyssa has done a wonderful job in pottery,” Niehouse said. “She has only spent two semesters learning about ceramics and she is already an award-winning potter. The MHS art department is very proud to have Alyssa in our program and she is a great example of the students we have in our art program.”