Hippo statue design contest opens for Hutto ISD students

Hutto ISD students are invited to submit design ideas for the two hippo statues in front of Hutto City Hall and Innovation Business Park. (Courtesy Hutto ISD)
Hutto ISD students are invited to submit design ideas for the two hippo statues in front of Hutto City Hall and Innovation Business Park. (Courtesy Hutto ISD)

Hutto ISD students are invited to submit design ideas for the two hippo statues in front of Hutto City Hall and Innovation Business Park. (Courtesy Hutto ISD)

Hutto ISD students can make hippo history by submitting design ideas for the two hippo statues in front of Hutto City Hall and Innovation Business Park.

The city of Hutto and Hutto ISD are calling on students to submit art and design ideas following the themes of “What I Love About Hutto” and “Hutto, Where Imagination Becomes Innovation.”

“We are excited to partner with the city on this initiative as a way to engage both our students and teachers in art,” Amber Kingsley, Hutto ISD fine arts coordinator, said in a news release. “We are looking forward to reviewing the submissions and eventually showcasing two winners on the City’s hippos.”

Students can submit one entry per hippo, for a max of two entries, with original artwork by March 12. Applicants must use the entry form found on the city of Hutto’s website.

Community members will have the opportunity to vote for designs on social media March 15-19, and the winning design will be selected March 20. HISD teachers will execute the winning designs March 30-April 1, according to the release.


Design winners will have an opportunity to create a $50 Amazon wish list.

“The love and appreciation for hippos is something that unites us all as a community,” Mayor ProTem Mike Snyder said in the release. “During a time of separation and isolation, we are fortunate to come together in a safe way through creativity and imagination.”
By Megan Cardona

Reporter, Round Rock, Pflugerville-Hutto

Megan is the Hutto reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions. In 2020, she graduated with a degree in communication from UT-Arlington, where she worked at the student newspaper, The Shorthorn, for two years covering student affairs, campus administration and the city of Arlington.