Two high school students are finalists in the 2015 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, which engages young people in community development citizenship. The contest, sponsored by Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, brings together youths age 14-18 from around the state to discuss community issues and concerns and then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.
Emily Kanney of Plymouth High School and Jacob Serio of Highland High School competed as a team along with nine other teams May 16 in the Capital Challenge Portfolio Showcase. In March, the teams met to identify and analyze issues and problems facing their communities. On May 16 they presented their public policy proposals on how to deal with one specific issue or problem.
Four teams made the finals, which will take place during the Ohio State Fair. In the final competition, the teams will describe the steps necessary to have their public policy proposal adopted by the appropriate government authorities.
Kanney and Serio made the finals with their presentation on how to improve roads in Richland County. They proposed redistribution of the gas tax so more of it goes to maintenance and improvements of roads. They have a “Fight for Better Roads” website and Facebook page.
Capital Challenge judges were Larry Long, former director of the Ohio County Commissioners Association; Sereana Howard Dresbach of Dresbach Consulting, and Gwen Wolford, director of government affairs for Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.