|Perrysburg student among state 'Ag is Cool' winners|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 10 August 2013 07:32|
REYNOLDSBURG - A Perrysburg youth is among the winners of the 2013 "Agriculture is Cool" visual arts contest.
Gov. John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners this week.
Ten-year-old Reegan Sheets, of Perrysburg, won the painting division for those in third through fifth grade.
Ohio school children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2012-13 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is "cool" for their chance to win tickets to the Ohio State Fair.
Entries, which included an original video, photographs, drawings, and paintings, were judged in the four different age categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Ten entries were selected as winners in their respective categories.
The winners were honored by Kasich, Daniels and Ohio State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler at a ceremony at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.
During the ceremony, Matthew John Harris of Powell was announced as the "Best in Show" winner, and Marlo Young of Cardington was declared the "Director's Choice" winner.
Other winners included Grace Draeger of Lindsey; and Asa DeMange, Versailles, in the K-2 category; Regan Draeger, Lindsey, Marlo Young, Cardington, Jessie Abke, Sidney, and Matthew John Harris, Powell, each in other divisions of grades 3-5; Jared Draeger , Lindsey, and Logan Schlauch, Big Prairie, in the grades 6-8 class; and Heather Rem of Ray in the high school division for her photograph.
"Agriculture isn't just about working on the farm, it could mean a career as a veterinarian, a scientist, or an economist," said Daniels. "It is important for young people to understand that there are incredible opportunities in Ohio agriculture on and off the farm. The Ag is Cool! program gives us a way to do that."
This year marks the third year of the contest, and the third year of the educational program that is featured at the Ohio State Fair.
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