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Very merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

YMCA youth director Stephanie Zoll, right, decorates the Christmas tree in the Y lobby with a little help from members services, Sandy Timberman. The ladies are hanging the last of the ornaments made by entrants of the YMCA Christmas tree ornament contest.

The YMCA of Clay County announced the winners of their Christmas tree ornament contest yesterday. (12/8/03) Stephanie Zoll, youth director at the Y said they thought the contest would be something fun to do around Christmas time and bring families together.

"We had lots of entries where children and their parents worked together," Zoll said.

There were 10 categories with representation from all groups except the high school level. There were 34 different entries. The winner in each category will receive a donated $10 gift card from Wal-Mart.

The entrants showed a lot of imagination and creativity. Some ornaments were made from light bulbs. A lantern made of foam matting was made with sports silhouettes as the theme. One painted Santa was made from a smashed Coca-Cola can. Others were made from a paint brush and a coffee filter.

The 55 and over winner, Charmaine Tesmer hand painted a tree bulb with a beautiful Christmas scene that looked like the Mansfield Mill and Dam.

Cameron Trout worked on his ornament at the YMCA sponsored after-school program at Staunton. His winning entry was a Christmas tree bulb decorated with glitter in the colors of red, blue, green and yellow.

Those are the official colors designating the YMCA's character values. Red's for caring. Blue is honesty. Green denotes responsibility; and yellow stands for respect.

The categories and winners are: Pre-school, Hayden France; Kindergarten, Lucy France; 1st grade, Cameron Trout; 2nd grade, Rachel Wilson; 3rd grade, Millie France; 4th grade, Owen Geswein; 5th grade, Logan McGinty; Middle School, Jesse Stucker; Adult to 54, Dave Lloyd and 55 plus, Charmaine Tesmer.

The winners may pick up their prizes at the YMCA.

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