Sophomore Ellie Arkus wins Clermont County logo design contest

New Richmond High School sophomore Ellie Arkus is pictured from earlier this year with her winning entry in the Plein Air Art Show.

New Richmond High School sophomore Ellie Arkus adds yet another significant accomplishment to her high school resume.

During a May 13 virtual meeting of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners, Arkus was announced as the winner of this year’s Clermont County Spring Litter Clean-Up Logo Design Contest.

The Commissioners, along with event sponsors and representatives from New Richmond Schools, celebrated Arkus’ accomplishment and addressed the importance of the annual litter clean-up program. Board of Commissioners President and New Richmond High School alumnus David Painter then presented Arkus and her teacher, Amy Hauserman, each with certificates signed by the county commissioners.

Humble about her artistic skills, Arkus said she was surprised but happy her original artwork was selected as the winning logo. She also expressed her appreciation for the logo competition opportunity.

“I think the event is a good way to keep the community involved during these times,” Arkus said.

Hauserman emphasized that Arkus has had a “phenomenal year.”

“She is always willing to take on new challenges, and her talent and willingness to do more than what is required for class has lead her to local competitions,” Hauserman said. “She has won the grand prize in both local competitions, which goes to show you she has outstanding artistic ability.”

This is the third big art contest win for Arkus during the 2019-2020 school year. Earlier this year Arkus took 1st place in the third annual Cincinnati High School Art Students Plein Air Art Show. Then again in the spring, one of her artworks won the regional level of the 2020 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. The artwork advanced to the state-level competition where final judging has been delayed due to COVID-19.

Sponsors for this year’s logo contest and litter cleanup event are: Clermont County Convention & Visitor's Bureau, the Duke Energy Foundation, and the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors. The event is also supported with a grant from the Ohio EPA, Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention.

Event partners are: Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Clermont Office of Environmental Quality, Clermont County Park District, OSU Extension, Ohio Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Division of Watercraft, Highland SWCD, Brown SWCD, Clinton SWCD and many others.

Details about the logo design contest, the names and entries of grade-level winners, and details about the spring litter-cleanup are available at

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