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PHOTO PROVIDED Sugar Valley Rural Charter School seventh grader Jillian Gressley, winner of second place in the Clinton County Fair Association annual title contest, center, is pictured with SVRCS staff and association members. They are (from left) SVRCS Director Brian Stugart, Clinton County Fair Manager Barb Forshey, Clinton County Fair President Philip Courter and SVRCS Art Teacher Joan Walizer.

(Editor’s Note: The Express is rerunning photos and information regarding the Clinton County Fair Association’s annual cover contest due to the omission of one of the award winners and other errors. We apologize for these errors.)

Three local young artists were recently recognized for placing in the top three of the Clinton County Fair Association’s annual cover contest.

Central Mountain Middle School’s seventh-grader Leah Karstetter’s drawing will be featured on the cover of the association’s Premium Fair Guide, which is expected to be published on Saturday, June 11.

The guide, published annually by the fair association, will provide a wide range of information for the upcoming 49th Annual Clinton County Fair, which will be held July 30-August 6 at the Mackeyville Fairgrounds.

Two other students – one from Sugar Valley Rural Charter School and another from CMMS – will also have covers in the guide.

Central Mountain Middle School eighth grader Brady Flicks was the third winner of the Clinton County Fair Association’s annual cover contest. He is pictured in the center with CMMS staff and association members. They are (from left) Clinton County Fair Association President Philip Courter; CMMS art teacher, Jaime McCann; CMMS Director, Dave Peters; and CMMS Assistant Principal, Brett Umbenhouer. PHOTO PROVIDED

Jillian Gressley, a seventh grader at SVRCS, took second place; and CMMS eighth grader Brady Fickes finished third.

According to Gressley’s art teacher, Joan Walizer “Jillian loves art and has always been great at drawing.”

“Jillian is in the Sugar Valley Marching Band where she plays the trombone. She is also a member of the Junior High Guitar Club.” said Walliser. “She’s interested in a career in graphic design.”

“Both winning CMMS students are great students and very talented artists”, said CMMS art teacher Jaime McCann. “I was thrilled that so many students submitted such amazing artwork. The winners were well deserved.”

The fair association invites everyone to see the work of the three young artists during the fair.

“Come to the 49th Clinton County Fair and see the talented artworks created by seventh and eighth graders. Artworks are displayed in the Commercial Building during the week of the fair. Clinton County is very proud of the talented students.” said Connie Peiffer, chairwoman of the association’s board.

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