Edison student wins art contest

Katie Yohman

RICHMOND — Edison High School student Katie Yohman, daughter of Trena and Jeffrey Moyer of Bergholz and Todd Yohman of Amsterdam, earned first place in the eighth-grade category during the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission’s (ORSANCO) annual competition.

The contest helps publicize the 29th annual Ohio River Sweep in June, and hundreds of submissions were made by students in grades K-12 who represented six states.

Yohman was among 31 students in Darlene Mason’s gifted class at EJHS to participate. The competition was sponsored locally by the JB Green Team. Her creation went on to ORSANCO in Cincinnati and was judged among 840 submissions from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. In the end, 13 winners were named in each grade level while an overall recipient was also recognized. The grand prize winner earned a $500 check while a similar amount was also given for a T-shirt design winner. Yohman received a $25 gift card and a copy of her design, which featured a river with dirt and grass and a rendering of the participating states.

“It was a poster contest for students in K-12 that live or attend a school along the Ohio, Allegheny, Beaver, Monongahela and Kentucky Rivers,” said Mason. “These rivers have an annual river sweep and [students] had to design a poster advertising it. All of the entries were mailed to ORSANCO in Cincinnati and then became property of the Ohio Valley Water Sanitation Commission.”