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Home-schooler earns purple and two blue ribbons at the Mohave Education Festival

KINGMAN – Jesseca Organ was simply hoping to garner one or two blue ribbons when she entered three projects into the 14th annual Mohave Education Festival.

Blue ribbons are awarded for excellent work and represent the second-highest honor given to students.

Purple ribbons go to the best projects and are considered superior work.

Organ, who is home-schooled and a senior living in So Hi Estates, exceeded her ambitions by picking up a purple ribbon for a purse she crocheted in the home arts category and blue ribbons for social studies and baking category entries.

She learned of her awards Friday morning when she arrived at the festival.

"I learned to knit when I was 10," she said.

"I've always wanted to crochet, but didn't get into it until three years ago.

"The purse I crocheted leads into fabric tied with beads to the fringe.

There are also beads in the fabric itself."

Organ's social studies project is titled "Faithful Under Trials."

It discusses members of Jehovah's Witnesses living in Moldava, formerly part of the Soviet Union, and how they were persecuted for their religious beliefs for more than 60 years.

The other blue ribbon came for a chocolate peppermint bundt cake she baked.

"I made it from a recipe my mother has," she said.

"I've always helped Mom and my grandmother bake and started myself five or six years ago."

The festival concluded its four-day run Sunday.

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