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New license plate design created by Bellefontaine native now available

COLUMBUS — The new license plate design created by Bellefontaine native Aaron Roberts is out.

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FILE  — Aaron Roberts, right, a 2008 Bellefontaine High School graduate, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich pose in 2011 with the license plate designed by the local Columbus College of Art and Design student that will become standard issue for all newly registered automobiles in 2012. (PHOTO | CCAD)

The state is phasing out its old license plate and offering the new design starting Monday. It’s called “Ohio Pride” and its background features 46 slogans describing the Buckeye State.

Gov. John Kasich went to the Columbus College of Art and Design to recruit students to help design the new plates in 2011.

Mr. Roberts, a 2008 Bellefontaine High School who was in his senior year in the school’s graphics department, won the contest with the design that also includes a red triangle at the top to evoke feelings of aviation, the state bird the cardinal and the triangular shape formed by the Ohio River along the southern border of the state, Mr. Roberts said in a previous Bellefontaine Examiner article.

Ohioans then voted on the slogans, which include “America’s Heartland,” “Underground Railroad” and “With God All Things Are Possible.”

The old “Beautiful Ohio” plates will be available for purchase until June 30, or until they run out. Those replaced the “Sunburst” plates over a six-month period in 2010.

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