Newspaper coloring contest pays off for Newberry girl


By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@civitasmedia.com



Cindy Maxey of Upcountry Outdoors located in downtown Easley measures Emily Hawkins of Newberry for a bicycle helmet. Emily was the state winner in a coloring contest held by Civitas Media’s properties in South Carolina — The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel, The Union Times and The Newberry Observer.


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Emily Hawkins tries out her new bicycle after being named the grand prize winner of the first Civitas Media Spring Coloring Contest. From the left are Brittany Wyatt of The Easley Progress, Chris Wyatt of The Easley Progress, Cindy Maxey of Upcountry Outdoors, Kelly Hawkins (mother), “Magraw” Zalia Hawkins (grandmother), Russell Hawkins (father) and big brother Michael Hawkins.


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After being outfitted with pink, matching safety gear and grinning from ear to ear, Emily took her new wheels for a spin up and down the sidewalk.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

EASLEY — To the victor go the spoils! Emily Hawkins of Newberry defeated 11 other first, second and third place winners to claim a brand-spankin’ new bicycle and be named the grand prize winner of the first Civitas Media Spring Coloring Contest.

Emily’s sweet new ride — plus a helmet — came courtesy of Cindy and Kevin Maxey, owners of Upcountry Outdoors located in downtown Easley.

“Have you ever been measured for a helmet before?” asked Cindy Maxey as she wound the tape around Emily’s head. “We have to make sure it fits right.”

Luckily for Emily, the store had one helmet in her size and it was even her favorite color — pink.

“You should see her room,” said Emily’s mother Kelly Hawkins. “The whole thing is pink and purple. She was so excited she could get a pink bike.”

The coloring contest accepted entries from sister papers The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel, The Newberry Observer and The Union Times. First, second and third places from each of the papers were then pitted against each other for the grand prize.

“I was so surprised that I won, because I placed second in Newberry,” Emily said. “But I guess there’s different judges? I don’t know. I’m so excited, I’ve never won anything before!”

Emily and her family drove to Easley from Newberry on Sunday to pick up her new bicycle.

“We were happy to do it (sponsor the contest),” said Maxey. “This is great. Look how excited she is.”

After being outfitted with pink, matching safety gear and grinning from ear to ear, Emily took her new wheels for a spin up and down the sidewalk.

And yes, she stayed inside the lines.

Cindy Maxey of Upcountry Outdoors located in downtown Easley measures Emily Hawkins of Newberry for a bicycle helmet. Emily was the state winner in a coloring contest held by Civitas Media’s properties in South Carolina — The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel, The Union Times and The Newberry Observer.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_065.jpgCindy Maxey of Upcountry Outdoors located in downtown Easley measures Emily Hawkins of Newberry for a bicycle helmet. Emily was the state winner in a coloring contest held by Civitas Media’s properties in South Carolina — The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel, The Union Times and The Newberry Observer. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Emily Hawkins tries out her new bicycle after being named the grand prize winner of the first Civitas Media Spring Coloring Contest. From the left are Brittany Wyatt of The Easley Progress, Chris Wyatt of The Easley Progress, Cindy Maxey of Upcountry Outdoors, Kelly Hawkins (mother), “Magraw” Zalia Hawkins (grandmother), Russell Hawkins (father) and big brother Michael Hawkins.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_129.jpgEmily Hawkins tries out her new bicycle after being named the grand prize winner of the first Civitas Media Spring Coloring Contest. From the left are Brittany Wyatt of The Easley Progress, Chris Wyatt of The Easley Progress, Cindy Maxey of Upcountry Outdoors, Kelly Hawkins (mother), “Magraw” Zalia Hawkins (grandmother), Russell Hawkins (father) and big brother Michael Hawkins. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

After being outfitted with pink, matching safety gear and grinning from ear to ear, Emily took her new wheels for a spin up and down the sidewalk.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_143.jpgAfter being outfitted with pink, matching safety gear and grinning from ear to ear, Emily took her new wheels for a spin up and down the sidewalk. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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