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33 High School Students Participate in Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge

Published Mar. 20, 2014 | Discuss this on Facebook

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Thirty-three high school students from across the state learned how to take action in the government process by participating in the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge program. Sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, 4-H and FFA, the policy development program took place Feb. 18-19 in Columbus. Part of the program included breakfast at the Statehouse where the students met with state legislative leaders and toured the Capitol.

During the 1 ½-day event, the students were divided up into teams with the goal of identifying an issue that they wanted to work on in their community. Examples were the importance of manure storage, water quality education vs. regulation, benefits of community gardens, ways for communities to deal with the environmental impact of oil and gas mining and how to provide fresh produce in communities. The students worked together on their proposals during the meeting and will continue to work on them this spring. On July 26, they will do a presentation at the Ohio State Fair, and the team with the best presentation will receive money to help make its project a reality.

“The Capitol Challenge program brings together youths ages 14-18 from around the state to learn about advocacy, the policy development process and how to take an active role in community leadership. They learn about the policy development process by actively engaging in it and choosing a policy issue to prepare a project and presentation on its implementation,” said Sandy Kuhn, director of education and industry outreach for Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge participants were:

  • Alexis Stein of Ashtabula County, homeschooled
  • Mary Ann Wessell of Ashtabula County, Geneva High School
  • Jerald Goins of Cuyahoga County, New Tech East High School
  • Emeka Ezepre of Cuyahoga County, St. Martin Old Porres High School
  • Ava Lonneman of Portage County, St. Patrick School
  • Kara Walcher of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Zeremiah Adams of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Zebulon Burton of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Greg Cornish of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Amy Gannett of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Miles Burton of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Terry Copsey of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Rachel Mikalacki of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Rebeka Mikalacki of Huron County, South Central Local Schools
  • Adam Vonderhaar of Preble County, Talawanda High School
  • Ryan Vonderhaar of Preble County, Talawanda High School
  • Kaitlin Butterfield of Butler County, Talawanda High School
  • Chelsea Cookingham of Hamilton County, Diamond Oaks
  • Levi Montoya of Montgomery County, Valley View High School
  • Lydia Black of Montgomery County, Milton-Union High School
  • Sarah Landis of Montgomery County, Valley View & Miami Valley Career Technology Center
  • Kara Griffith of Clark County, Clark-Shawnee High School
  • Kathaleen Kuhn of Scioto County, Minford High School
  • Emily Raney of Scioto County, Minford High School
  • Mathew Hursey of Tuscarawas County, Newcomerstown High School
  • Allison Kenney of Tuscarawas County, Indian Valley High School
  • Darby Lasure of Licking County, Lakewood High School
  • Courtney Clinedinst of Morrow County, Highland High School
  • Marissa Abbati of Union County, Granville Christian Academy
  • Wayne Campbell of Hancock County, homeschooled
  • Rebecca Bycofski of Athens County, Athens High School
  • Emily James of Fairfield County, Bloom Carroll High School
  • Emily Starlin of Hocking County, Logan High School

Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge mentors were:

  • Michaela Breece of Seneca County, homeschooled
  • Matthew Klopfenstein of Van Wert County, Wayne Trace High School
  • Hallie Sue Hiser of Fayette County, Ohio State University
  • Edy Johnson of Pike County, Eastern High School
  • Bailey Montoya of Montgomery County, Archbishop Moeller High School
  • Allison Mangun of Wayne County, Ohio State University ATI
  • Britta Fenstermaker of Hancock County, Ohio State University ATI
  • Joe Schmitz of Mississinawa Valley - MVCTC
  • Thomas Shaw of Darke County, Greenville High School
  • Maddy Buschur of Versailles High School

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CONTACT: Joe Cornely

PHONE: (614) 246-8230

E-MAIL: jcornely@ofbf.org

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