The Wauseon High School Art 4 students have taken preparing for the wintery weather ahead to a new level. Seven senior art students, under the direction of their teacher Michael Colon, recently were recognized as winners in the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) “Paint a Plow” competition.
The statewide program was developed by ODOT to raise community awareness of ice and snow safety and to promote awareness of ODOT’s ice and snow operations. Sixteen area high schools from the ODOT’s eight-county District 2 region participated in the contest. The contest required students to paint a snow and ice safety themed mural on a snow plow.
The Wauseon students chose to showcase a “Simpsons” TV themed design that also features Wauseon school spirit.
On Monday, October 27, representatives from ODOT, American Public Works Association (APWA), and Marco’s Pizza were present to award the prize to the Wauseon High School Art 4 students who were one of two schools to win. The prize included $250 and 50 pizzas for a pizza party.
In an email announcement to the schools, Dennis Boyle, Program Administrator 3 of the Highway Management, stated “All of the final plow designs where fantastic! Each of the schools did a great job and are to be congratulated on the work submitted.”
The plow is presently on display by the Wauseon School and will be placed on ODOT trucks later in the season.