Augusta first-grader wins second place in statewide design contest

Augusta first-grader wins second place in statewide design contest

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - An Augusta first-grader won second place in a statewide design contest supporting Georgia's manufacturing industry.

Zyion M. Smith, a student at Roy E. Rollins Elementary, took home second place in the K-5 division of the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest.

Smith was honored in Atlanta Thursday during the MAW Governor's Awards Luncheon and received a $300 scholarship check.

"These winners are the best and the brightest, and our future depends on them and their understanding of the creative process," said Larry Callahan, CEO of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, as the awards were being presented.

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Winners were named for grades 9-12, 6-8, and K-5.

Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 14-18. This is the 20th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.

This is an annual event and Georgia students in grades K-12 are asked to submit drawings that support Georgia's manufacturing industry. The contest usually opens late October through late January. The drawings are submitted to Augusta Technical College and then judged in Atlanta.

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