Nancy Hall, of Augusta, and her daughter Hunter, 8, rushed to Ashley Furniture Home Store on Tuesday in hopes that Hunter's name would be called in the Make Kids Count $10,000 scholarship drawing.
When Hunter's name wasn't drawn, her shoulders drooped. But her eyes quickly lit up and a big smile spread across her face when she was awarded a $100 savings bond.
She said she was glad her mother had entered her in the contest.
"I'm glad I even went on (from the first round)," she said.
The drawing narrowed the field of 4- to 8-year-old contestants from 16 to eight.
Erin Lively, the marketing project manager at The Augusta Chronicle, said those called in the random drawing continue in the contest for the $10,000 scholarship bond while those not called receive a $100 savings bond.
"So everybody's a winner," she said.
Dory Gonzalez, the assistant store manager who drew the names, said the business was proud to be a sponsor of the scholarship competition.
"It's a small way we give back to the community," she said. "We look forward to continuing our sponsorship in the future."
The eight semifinalists were Daniel Burt, Juliana Cadle, Claire Cates, Vienna Elmgreen, Mijan Gibson, Caroline Gregory, Ryan Harvey and Eleece Lowe.
Other sponsors of the scholarship contest are Champion Windows, Platt's Funeral Home, Knology, SCANA and Partners in Achievement.
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