COLUMBUS, OH - Jeff Warnke, a seventh-grade student at Regina Coeli Middle School, Toledo, OH, received the 16th annual Hanna Award in Coatings, presented by Akzo Nobel's Coil and Extrusion Coatings business unit, at the recent Ohio Science Day event in Columbus, OH.

Warnke was recognized for his project, titled "What Type of Paint Prevents Rust Most Efficiently." The project compared the performance of a broad selection of consumer paint products, and was "well thought out, with a balanced regard for both scientific content and practical application," the judges said.

The Hanna award is designed to generate greater interest in and awareness of the chemical-coatings industry at the middle- and high-school levels, and to encourage interest in chemical coatings as a potential career field. The award includes a $500 cash prize, an engraved plaque, and an award luncheon and tour at Akzo Nobel's laboratories and production facilities in Columbus.