Local students advance in annual poster contest

Two local students who entered an annual conservation poster contest sponsored by Blair County Conservation District and the Altoona City Authority now will have their posters compete for nationwide awards.
Mark Frederick and Jared Frederick of Tyrone each created posters based on the theme “Water Wise”, that were judged to be the best in Pennsylvania in their grade categories (fourth through sixth, and 10th through 12th).
Mark completed fifth grade this past year at Altoona Central Catholic Middle School, while Jared was a graduating senior at Bishop Guilfoyle High School. He plans to study both art and history when he enters Penn State University.
Mark and Jared’s posters will be sent to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) for judging at the national level.
The posters were exhibited locally at the first annual Blair County Water Festival held on May 12 in Altoona. Mark and Jared’s entries, along with local first place award winners in other grade categories, were then judged at the state level by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts (PACD).
For more information or a look at the winning posters visit, or call the local conservation district at 696-0877 extension 5.
In addition to this honor, Mark won the Fort Necessity George Washington poster contest and also won first place in the national Civil War Preservation Trust poster contest in his age group. This year, Jared won second place in the Civil War Preservation Trust poster contest, and he had previously won first place in ninth, tenth and 11th grade in his age group for the same contest.
Jared will also be participating in the first ever Colonel Crowther Weekend festivities to be held in downtown Tyrone Saturday and Sunday. The weekend has been set aside to honor Colonel James E. Crowther who served and died in The Civil War. Before his service in the war, Col. Crowther was a businessman in Tyrone and was the second person ever to serve in the position of Tyrone Burgess (the equivalent of today’s mayor).
Jared has created two illustrated biographies entitled “Civil War Leaders” and “More Civil War Leaders”. These books contain accurate biographies of Civil War leaders and drawings that can be colored. During Colonel Crowther Weekend, Jared will be at the Tyrone History Museum to conduct a book signing. Also, Jared painted a portrait of Colonel Crowther to be presented during the ceremonies that are scheduled at City Hotel Park.
For more information on Jared’s illustrated biographies or information on how to purchase one of the books, visit the web site Individuals can find the illustrated biographies locally at Baker Mansion and the Railroaders Museum.