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Parade winners to get prize money

McMinnville officials have announced winners of the 2012 Christmas Parade. Cash prizes totaling $1,450 will be awarded this Tuesday night.
Taking the prestigious People’s Choice Award and proving they have beauty and talent were students at Georgia Career Institute.
“Really? That’s wonderful,” said Vicki Mize, school admissions director, when told of their parade award. “The students have been asking every day if we won. They will be so excited.”
Spearheaded by esthetics instructor Erin Temple, students created a whimsical tribute to “Alice in Wonderland” depicting the tea party and bringing the event to life. What appeared to be months of preparation was done in less than two weeks by 20 students, according to Mize.
“I want you to know I’m just blown away by the talent our students have,” she said. “They had a week and a half to work on it. They stayed after school and did all the hair and makeup. Erin had a vision and they ran with it. I can’t brag on them enough.”
How to spend the $200 award has already been decided. Mize says students will be using the money to fulfill the Christmas wish of local children.
“They are going to adopt angels from a local angel tree,” she said. “Isn’t that wonderful? The students just keep surprising me. Instead of spending the prize money on themselves, they are spending it on children.”
During the month of December, services at Georgia Career Institute are half off.
In the category of small club/ non-profit with less than 20 members, two Cub Scout packs took the top spots. Pack 172 came in first place and won $50, with Pack 888 taking second place and winning $25.
Walking away with the $100 Best Band category was Warren County High School Band. In the School Sponsored Group category, Warren County Choir took first place for $200 and Irving College Basketball scored second place for $150.
Rounding out the other category winners:
• Church/civic/community organization/large non-profit — First place $150, Gath Baptist. Second place $100, Pioneer Community Church
• Businesses — Paula’s Dance Academy, first place $150. Durham School Services, second place $100.
• Horse and Rider Club/ Mules or Horses and Hitch — First place $50, Generations. Second place $25, Tootsies.
• Antique Car or Truck — Wallace Stevens, first place $50. John Tubb, second place $25
• Most Unusual Vehicle — Collette Lee, first place $50. Kenneth Kirby, second place $25.
An awards recognition ceremony will be held Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor city hall.

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