Originally created 10/20/06

Field narrows to 32 in quest for $10,000



Although Raja Turman is only 4 years old, with an upcoming chance to place $10,000 toward his college tuition he might begin to rank his favorite campuses.

"We think it's wonderful," said Raja's mother Sheila Turman, with a smile. "It's a really good chance (for his education)."

The Augusta boy is among a field of 64 children in the 4- to 8-year-old category of The Augusta Chronicle's Make Kids Count scholarship contest.

Thirty-two names were drawn Thursday in the Pumpkin Patch at Fat Man's Forest on Laney-Walker Boulevard. They will move on to the next stage of the $10,000 scholarship giveaway.

The newspaper is in its fourth year as a sponsor of the quarterly contest, which has distributed more than $260,000 in scholarships to 208 youths ages 18 and younger.

Thursday's winners and their hometowns are:

Desmond Beale, Wrens; Elizabeth Bentley, Augusta; Parker Blackburn, North Augusta; Meghan Blitchington, Martinez; Daniel Burt, North Augusta; Juliana Cadle, Evans; Claire Cates, Evans; Matthew Chambers, North Augusta; Erica Childers, Beech Island; Vienna Elmgreen, Evans; Bryson Fuller, Appling; Carly Garrison, Evans; Mijan Gibson, Augusta; Caroline Gregory, Beech Island; Brendan Gribek, Martinez; Hunter Hall, Augusta; Ryan Harvey, Martinez; Taylor Hawes, North Augusta; Zoey Knight, Augusta; Metz LeRoy; Lincolnton; Eleece Lowe, Hephzibah; Tavon Macklin, Augusta; Thomas Mitchell, Hephzibah; Cameron Mitchem, North Augusta; Ariana Morgan, Evans; Dominick Palmer, Augusta; Emmeline Poteet, Augusta; Sophia Simpson, Martinez; Aaron Smith, North Augusta; DeAndre Thomas, North Augusta; Raja Turman, Augusta; Emily Waller, Augusta.

The next drawing will take place Monday, Oct. 30 at Champion Window Co. in Martinez.

For updates on drawings and more Make Kids Count information please visit our Web site AugustaChronicle.com/kidscount or call (706) 823-3476.

Reach Nathan Dickinson at (706) 828-3904 or nathan.dickinson@augustachronicle.com.