Local students among Challenge winners

Staff report

Cory Johnson and McCormick Warncke of Fulton County were among four northwest Ohio high school students who took first place at the 2017 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge.

They were awarded for their policy proposal that would decrease the paperwork for Ohio students who require an Individual Education Plan. Each will receive $250.

Sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio 4-H, and Ohio FFA, the Capital Challenge brought 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. Johnson’s and Warncke’s mentor was Hannah Farr of Paulding County.

The challenge started in the spring, when groups met to learn about public policy issues and began planning their proposals. A preliminary contest narrowed the field down to four teams, which competed in the finals during the Ohio State Fair.

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.

A total of $1,800 was awarded to the finalists in the competition.

Staff report