Finneytown High School Junior Earns Place at State Level for Governor’s Art Award

Finneytown High School Junior Jillian Becksfort placed at the state level for her ceramic rattle, “Cow Skull” in the The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition competition. Sadly, due to all of the closures and learning remotely, the displays of all the art in the capital had to be cancelled. There will be a digital exhibition because it’s very important to highlight and recognize these students and their exceptional talent. The date of the digital exhibition will be added at a later time.

“Jillian is an exceptional ceramic student who is enthusiastic about working with clay and creating her work. She has a keen eye for detail, and her craftsmanship is so clean and beautiful. I am so very happy for and proud of Jillian and her accomplishments,” stated Finneytown Art Teacher Julie Ficke. 

Finneytown Local School District’s remarkable art staff inspires students’ creativity, they develop their students’ talents and skills for art careers, and they encourage their crafts. It’s no wonder that Finneytown students rank at the top of area schools selected as yearly winners. Twenty-five Finneytown High School students submitted their art for the regional rounds. 

This is the 50th year of The Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. They remain committed 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. This competition 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 and around 10% were selected to advance to the State level. 

Jillian Becksfort Skull