Lordstown teen to display at Canfield Fair

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown resident Natalia Kresic said she was surprised to earn not one, but two, first-place clock trophies for her 4-H projects at the Ohio State Fair.

“People I have talked to say that is almost unheard of to win two clock trophies within such a short period of time,” she said.

Kresic, 16 and a junior at Lordstown High School and daughter of Matt and Windie Kresic, said because she lives on the border between Trumbull and Mahoning counties, she is part of the Mahoning County 4-H and will be displaying some of her 4-H projects at the Canfield Fair this week.

The one category she received first place at the state fair was “Your Thoughts Matter” in the health division on how to navigate mental health issues and how to increase positive mental health in your community. Kresic competed against 45 other teens.

For the competition she received a 4-H book that asked questions on how mental illnesses are defined.

“For my project, I interviewed mental health professionals and explained how to do an outreach program painting rocks with uplifting quotes on them.

“You are seeing what careers are out there. 4-H lets you compete with the project. As part of the project I learned about resilience programs and how someone can bounce back from hard situations. The program is called ‘Rise By Lifting Others’ and while you build up other people you are also helping to build up your own resilience,” she said.

The second first-place award to Kresic was in “Makeover My Space,” which entailed interior decorating in the creative arts category.

“I interviewed interior designers and learned how to use elements of design to see if this was a career I would like to pursue. I redid my bedroom and showed before and after pictures for my project,” Kresic said.

The project required explaining what she did and how she did it. Kresic also had to keep a budget of how much was spent and saved.

Both categories fall under the lifeskills small projects which requires 4-H members fill out books with information on exploring different career opportunities.

Kresic said state fair competition involves 4-H participants from 88 counties.

The state fair was held July 24 to Aug. 2.

“It was very exciting to win two first-place awards. It was a much bigger competition with 4-H teens from across the state who do similar 4-H projects. When people think of 4-H they usually think of livestock. There are so many different categories,” she said.

She said many people who congratulated her on the two top clock trophies in the lifeskills project said it is unusual to win two in two consecutive days.

“It is like winning the grand championship at the local fair,” she said.

Kresic did not receive an award for her entry in a third category — clothing — where she made a jacket that will be displayed at the Canfield Fair in the sewing, quilting and textile exhibit.

Kresic said because she won the two clock trophies, those entries will not be displayed in Canfield this week.

“I can do other projects in the health living categories but not those I won in,” she said.

Kresic, who is a member of the Canfield Fair Royal Court, said she is looking forward to being at the fair this week.

She said because of these projects, she has gained more knowledge of healthy living and the careers that help people lead healthy lives.

“The projects really opened my eyes,” Kresic said.