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Three Local Kids Among Winners of 'Child of Appalachia' Writing Contest
Posted on: 04/01/2013
By  Mike Cullums
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio has announced the winners of this year’s Child of Appalachia writing contest. The contest is in its sixth year.
Megan Wanczyk with the Foundation says, “Each year, the writing contest is an opportunity for fourth through eighth graders to really explore their curiosity and creativity and write to a different prompt that lets them think about different subjects.”   
“This year,” she explains, “the question was ‘If you could invent something for your community, what would it be and what problem would it solve?’ We’ve just announced 111 student winners across the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio, and three of them were in Washington County.”
They are fifth-grader Joseph Zimmer, sixth-grader Caroline Stollar, and eighth-grader Lydia James. 
Wanczyk says this year’s winners get an opportunity to further explore their interest in inventions with a trip to one of Ohio’s three premier science centers.
“Each student is receiving two tickets to visit either COSI, the Great Lakes Science Center, or the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science,” she says, adding that “through a partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation, we are very luck to provide the teachers of each winning student with an iPad to be used in their classrooms.”
Wanczyk says there were nearly 3,000 entries in this year’s contest and many creative ideas in the students’ writings.
“Some that we received most frequently were about robots that could eat or clean up trash or litter. We also had a number of students suggest creating a water-powered car that would be powered by water, but could also run on the road or in water.”
Each year a booklet of the winning essays is published, which will be available soon. 
The Foundation is based in Nelsonville and serves eastern and southern Ohio, from Ashtabula to Batavia. Learn more at www.appalachianohio.org.
Interview conducted by Andy Rex.
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