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2024 Artapolooza Award Results

Ava Ball from Galion High School was presented the award for Best of Show for her interlocking ceramic vases.

Mansfield, OH (April 19, 2024) – Artapolooza 2024 took place on April 12th-17th at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, with over 3000 students exhibiting art. Twenty local school districts participated in this year’s event including Abraxas School, Ashland County Community Academy, Bucyrus City Schools, Clear Fork Valley Local Schools, Crestline Exempted Village Schools, Crestline St. Joseph School, Crestview Local Schools, Discovery School, Foundation Academy, Galion City Schools, GOAL Digital Academy, Highland Local Schools, Lexington Local Schools, Lucas Local Schools, Madison Local Schools, Mansfield City Schools, Mansfield Christian School, Mt. Gilead Local Schools, Northmor Local Schools and Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools.

Ava Ball from Galion High School took Best of Show with her interlocking ceramic vases. Jennifer Pennell, Gifted Education Consultant and coordinator of the event, stated, “Ava certainly is a gifted artist who has a talent for pottery, which is not an easy medium in which to work.”

Crestview High School art teacher Destini Ohler earned recognition for Best Display. Also rounding out the top awards for the high school division were Alexis Thomas, Crestview Local Schools - 1st place; Ash Mendez, Highland Local Schools - 2nd place; and Camryn Wallace, Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools - 3rd place.

Middle School awards include Emma Zornes, Highland Local Schools - 1st Place; Alyssa Hunt, Galion City Schools - 2nd place; and Briyonnia Bowman, Mansfield City Schools - 3rd place.

An award that had been given in the past was revived again for this year, The Rising Star Award. This award was presented to Sophie Henderson from Mansfield Senior High School, recognizing a student whose work shows exceptional talent and promise of a possible future career in art. The award consists of a selection of art supplies to encourage them to keep pursuing their dreams.

In addition to these awards, we gave out 42 Budding Artist Award certificates to elementary students showing great potential as young artists, 43 Outstanding Artist Award certificates and 30 Honorable Mention medals. Find a complete list of award recipients on the MOESC website.

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 13 school districts and over 20,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties. Client districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.


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