Finneytown Student Earns State Recognition With The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

Finneytown senior, Amanda Gast, earned state recognition with The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. Her hand drawing titled, “Mocha View”, will be on display at the Ohio Statehouse for several weeks.

Additionally, three other Finneytown High School students earned regional recognition for their art pieces. Karina Ahangkari was recognized for her fiber piece “Dream House”, Oliver Orue earned support for his colorful drawing “Decay”, Brennan Jones received an award for his digital photograph “Light Bulb”, and Olivia Perry was acknowledged for her drawing and creative piece “Indorapter”. Art Teacher Carolyn Althoff proudly described of her art students, especially Amanda, “To be selected as one of the pieces displayed in the state capitol is a great honor. Amanda focuses on the details of life, and that parlays into her artwork!”

Finneytown Local School District has an exceptional art staff who inspire students’ creativity, develop students’ skills for art careers, and encourage their crafts. It’s no wonder that Finneytown students rank in the top ten of students in area schools selected as regional winners. Furthermore, Finneytown was one of only 13 districts with a state selected recipient. Twenty-five Finneytown High School students submitted their art, which was phenomenal for these awards. We are proud of the talent and creativity they put forth in their pieces. “I’m so proud of our art students and art department staff for their hard work which earned them this prestigious recognition. It’s clear every time you see our students’ artwork and enter our art classrooms that they are passionate about what they are creating, learning, and growing as artists everyday,” stated Dr. Jen Dinan, Secondary Campus Principal.

The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition, now in its forty-ninth year, is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of our talented young people in the state of Ohio. The exhibition is open to all of Ohio’s 1,112 high schools, both public and private, chartered by the State of Ohio Department of Education. The exhibition is a valuable incentive for our young people; it encourages an appreciation for the arts throughout Ohio and reflects the fine quality of art instruction and talent which exist in our state.  Approximately 2,000 entries were submitted and judged at the Regional level this weekend and around 10% were selected to advance to the State level.