The screams of joy kept coming as contest officials plucked yellow pingpong balls plastered with the finalists' names at the first round of drawings for the Make Kids Count Scholarship on Sunday.
Thirty-two names were drawn in the 9-to-12-year-old category during the Wrangler Family Fun Fair at James Brown Arena, each with the chance to go on to win a $10,000 scholarship.
The Augusta Chronicle is one of the sponsors in the contest, which has given $280,000 in bond scholarships to 224 area children, said Erin Lively of The Chronicle's marketing department.
Sunday's finalists were: Amanda Biddlecome of Clarks Hill; Lakeita Boyd of Augusta; Sydney Budd of North Augusta; Jacob Burr of Evans; Cameron Butler of Hephzibah; McKenzie Clark of Hephzibah; Jessica Dollar of North Augusta; Rebecca Fanning of Aiken; Mary Gantz of Augusta; Savanna Gladue of Grovetown; Clint Hardy II of Evans; Samantha Hooper of Thomson; Rachel Hopkins of Augusta; Curtis Jordan of Augusta; Josalyn Leverett-Scott of Grovetown; Brianna Lewis of Waynesboro; Breunna McDonald of Evans; Mercedes Morales of Hephzibah; Golda Nguyen of Augusta; Andrew Poirier of Evans; Clay Price of Trenton; Owne Price of Martinez; Mason Rogers of Martinez; Rebecca Rudisill of North Augusta; McKenzie Spires of Belvedere; Timothy Still of Aiken; Daphonie Thompson of Augusta; Demarcus Turner of North Augusta; Gabriel Veldboom of Waynesboro; Valerie Walters of Martinez; Connor Wingrove of Evans; and Logan Woodward of North Augusta.
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