MDRA recognizes contest winner

OAKWOOD HILLS, Ill. – The Marine Design Resource Alliance (MDRA), a non-profit organization committed to creating and promoting programs and events to advance the future of boating, announced the winner of its seventh annual Draw Kids Into Boating contest, according to a statement from the organization yesterday.

Ten-year old Michael Hughes, of Grand Blanc, Mich., was the winner of this year’s contest and a $2,000 school supply scholarship. Michael took first place with a drawing of a sporty mega-yacht, complete with a helicopter landing pad.

The drawing was one of many submitted by elementary and middle-school students from across the country, and the MDRA awarded a total of $5,000 in scholarships to seven children, the company reported.

Sponsored each year by MDRA, the organization reported that the contest is another way it is trying to attract more people into boating.

“We were extremely pleased with the response from the youngsters, as well as the support this contest received from our membership,” said MDRA President Peter Granata. “Through this competition, we are not only introducing young people to the fun of the boating lifestyle, but also their families.”

MDRA also announced the start of the eighth annual Draw Kids Into Boating contest. Kids are asked to submit drawings no larger than 17-by-11 inches to MDRA to contest headquarters at 2813 Crystal Lake Rd., Oakwood Hills, IL 60013.

The deadline for this year’s submissions is July 15. Complete rules and an entry form are available on the MDRA Web site.

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