MOUNT VERNON — The judges had a difficult time this year judging hundreds of amazing entries in the 2013 Japanese-inspired art and poetry contest, but completed their task and selected the top three winners in each category.
Those talented students were recognized in a brief ceremony May 3 in the high school theater lobby. Cash prizes were awarded by Janet Stucky Smith, assistant director of the Ohio State University Institute for Japanese Studies, which co-sponsors the competition and provides the prizes.
A special guest at the ceremony was Veronica Abraham, who, in 2007, came in third in one of the first-ever Japanese-influenced art contests held in Mount Vernon. The next year, she won first place.
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