Shearer's Foods Announces the Winners of their 2012 Shearer's Perfection Student Contest

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012

Brewster, Ohio: The contest originated with a challenge from Chairman and CEO Bob Shearer, to find a way to educate our youth about sustainability. Through a partnership with the National Museum of Education, the Shearer Perfection Student Contest was developed to reach students 9-12 years of age. With guidance from their science teachers, the students repurposed empty Shearer’s snack bags to create inventions that solved a problem and preserved resources.

The winners were selected using the following criteria: use of recycled Shearer’s bags, how well the invention solves a problem, how marketable the invention is, plus overall uniqueness and artistic value. 100 entries were received and five finalists were selected by a panel of judges from the National Museum of Education and Shearer’s Foods.

Shearer’s is happy to announce the winner: Evan Horsley from Norwood City Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his entry of a bottle bowl made of Shearer’s bags that combines a chip bowl and a drink into one (teacher, Katherine Leblond). Evan won a $5,000 savings bond.

Second Place Runner Up went to Martin Hiti, Euclid, Ohio, a fifth grader from Our Lady of the Lake School (teacher, Tracy Davis). Martin designed a survival poncho from Shearer’s bags, and won a $2,500 savings bond.

There was a three-way tie for Third Place, and each of the following students received a $1,000 savings bond: Hilliard School fourth grader Benjamin Routhier from Westlake, Ohio, with his chip bag kite (teacher, Brandi Killinger); Christopher Haddad of Dover Elementary School in Westlake, Ohio, created a reusable, recyclable rug of Shearer’s repurposed bags (teacher, Brandi Killinger); and Olivia Fowler of Crestwood Middle School in Mantua, Ohio, invented stylish hair bows in a variety of colors and shapes (teacher, Sarah Isler). Special thanks to Nicholas Frankovits, Director, and Leila Gay Evans, Assistant Director, from the National Museum of Education for the valuable guidance and support they provided to Shearer’s for this event..