Halle Miller, Wayne County; Evan Stuart, Richland County

A team of two Ohio high school students took first place in the 2020 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge finals for their policy proposal about creating a statewide database of verified volunteers.

Sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio 4-H and Ohio FFA, the challenge brings together youths ages 14 to 18 from around the state to discuss community concerns and then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.

The 2020 winning team members are Evan Stuart of Richland County and Halle Miller of Wayne County. 

The challenge started in the spring when groups met to learn about public policy issues and began planning their proposals. Nine teams presented their proposals in the finals in June, and the top four teams received scholarships.

The teams were judged on their public policy proposals dealing with a specific issue or problem. In the final competition, the teams described the steps necessary to have their public policy proposal adopted by the appropriate government authorities.

Other finalists who also received scholarships for their proposals:

Virginia Porter and Allison Riley from Delaware County, Dana Clinedinst from Morrow County and Brady Corbitt from Union County. They proposed evaluating Morrow County road conditions.

Jacob Zajkowski from Lucas County, Carter Manz from Paulding County, Taylor Lawhorn from Seneca County and Lenore Kohn from Wyandot County. Agriculture education in elementary classrooms was their chosen topic.

Emma Bambauer from Auglaize County, Meghan Orr from Logan County and Jared Dunn from Preble County discussed a school-based mental health literacy program.

A total of $2,000 was awarded to this year’s team finalists.

 

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231 or [email protected].

Attention editors: High-resolutions photos of each team are available for download:

Evan Stuart of Richland County and Halle Miller of Wayne County Photo

Virginia Porter and Allison Riley from Delaware County, Dana Clinedinst from Morrow County and Brady Corbitt from Union County Photo

Jacob Zajkowski from Lucas County, Carter Manz from Paulding County, Taylor Lawhorn from Seneca County and Lenore Kohn from Wyandot County Photo

Emma Bambauer from Auglaize County, Meghan Orr from Logan County and Jared Dunn from Preble County Photo

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
Bethany Starlin's avatar
Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
Matt Aultman's avatar
Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
Jenna Gregorich's avatar
Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
Mandy Way's avatar
Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
Jaclyn De Candio's avatar
Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
Austin Heil's avatar
Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
Mary Smallsreed's avatar
Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Advocacy
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