Ag is Cool Winners Announced.

Sydney Black, 13, from Ashville, took photos of her dad and brother during the challenging 2011 planting season for her entry.


Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director James Zehringer today announced the winners for the 2011 “Agriculture is Cool” visual arts contest. Ohio school children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2010-2011 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is “cool” for their chance to win Brad Paisley tickets at the Ohio State Fair.

Entries, which included an original video, photograph, drawing, or painting, were judged in the four different age categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Seven entries were selected as winners in their respective categories.

K-2 Drawing, Painting: Brandon Barr, Xenia, Greene County, age 8
K-2 Photograph: Kaitlyn Zeedyk, Hicksville, Defiance County, age 7
3-5 Drawing, Painting: Annie Cvelbar, Euclid, Cuyahoga County, age 11
3-5 Photograph: Thomas Gress, Shreve, Wayne County, age 9
6-8 Drawing, Painting: Samantha Murphy, Fayetteville, Brown County, age 13
6-8 Photograph: Sydney Black, Ashville, Pickaway County, age 14
9-12 All: Diane Gress, Shreve, Wayne County, age 16

A video produced by 16-year old Diane Gress of Shreve was chosen as the 2011 “Best in Show” entry.



Diane Gress, from Shreve, watches as the video she made for teh contest is played for the governor and other attendees at the ceremony at the Ohio State fair.

The winners were honored by Governor John Kasich, Ohio Agriculture Director James Zehringer and Ohio State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler at a ceremony in the Taste of Ohio Café at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

“This was the first year the Department of Agriculture hosted this contest,” Director Zehringer said, “and we were so impressed by the quality of entries we received that we hope to make this a new tradition.”

All entries were judged by a panel that included representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Office of the Governor, and professionals in the areas of video production, photography, and other visual arts.

Kaitlyn Zeedyk, 7, from Hicksville, was honored (along with her family) by Governor Kasich and his family at the awards ceremony at the Ohio State Fair. Kasich said Zeedyk's work was good for seven or 77.

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  1. Thanks matt!

  2. We were wondering if you were going to post all the winners pictures from the “Ag is Cool” Contest? Especially, the pictures of them with the Gov..

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