COLUMBUS -- More than 115 schools throughout Ohio submitted outstanding bookmark designs to the Ohio Energy Project's (OEP) bookmark contest sponsored by the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC). Designed for grades 4-12, exceptional designs were selected by a panel of statewide judges. Locally, fourth grader Hannah Arnold of the Ridgewood Middle School in West Lafayette was one of the students who received a framed plaque and certificate for her winning bookmark design.

The theme for the 2010 contest was "Energy Efficiency is our Responsibility for Ohio." Each student submitted a bookmark design and essay reflecting the theme. The nine student winners were recognized at the OEP Youth Energy Celebration on May 13 at The Ohio State University.

"Educating our youth about the importance of energy efficiency is vital," said Consumers' Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander. "These future leaders will help make decisions affecting how we conserve and use our precious energy resources."

The mission of the Ohio Energy Project is to empower students to be energy-educated leaders. Ohioans interested in obtaining more information about the contest or other OEP programs and services can call (614) 785-1717 or visit the OEP Web site at www.ohioenergy.org.