Four advance in $10,000 scholarship competition

Nikasha Dicks/Staff
Jeanine and Chris Wethal beam with excitement after hearing that their daughter, Ashley, had advanced in the latest drawing for the Make Kids Count contest.

With each elimination drawing in the Make Kids Count contest, parents become more anxious and, at the same time, more excited when their child advances.


"I'm astonished. I just never thought we could win in a contest of this magnitude," said Chris Wethal, of Grovetown, whose daughter, Ashley, has advanced in the drawings. "I consider being any part of this a blessing."

Ashley is among the four children who have advanced in the Make Kids Count drawing for the 4- to 8-year-old category held at the Morris Museum of Art on Nov. 28. The following have also advanced: Dale Price, Grovetown; Hannah Mills, North Augusta; and Jordan Crawford, Augusta.

They have won at least a $500 scholarship bond each and have a one in four chance of winning the $10,000 scholarship bond.

"I think this is great for anyone who wins. Education is getting more expensive, so any amount that can go towards it is a blessing," said Ashley's mother, Jeanine. "It's truly a blessing."

The Chronicle and its sponsors have awarded more than $340,000 in scholarship bonds to area children in Make Kids Count, which is in its fifth year. Sponsors for the drawings are: Champion Windows, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Knology, Platt's Funeral Home, Branum's Sewing and Vacuum Superstore and Partners in Achievement.

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