Manhattan Girl Named Winner Of Essay Contest

By: Lindsey Rogers
By: Lindsey Rogers

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) --There were countless entries but a Manhattan girl’s essay came out on top in a contest that recognizes local kids doing good deeds.

Quillyn Smith, 12, scored an iPad Thursday night for her essay called “Sewing Threads of Hope” in a contest sponsored by Dentistry By Design on Westport Drive in Manhattan.

Quillyn, who was adopted from China when she was 16 months old, wrote about how she is sewing quilts for children in the Chinese orphanage where her new sister is being cared for.

“I made the quilt for my sister who is four now and we’re adopting her from China this fall so I thought it would be helpful and neat to make baby quilts for the other kids in the orphanage,” ‘Quillyn told 13 News. She says the quilt take hours to complete and she’s been taking sewing lessons. The quilts are meant to keep the kids warm and comfortable in the orphanage but also let them know that someone is thinking about them.

“There was something about the thoughtfulness of helping the youngsters in the orphanage where they’re traveling. Quillyn was thinking way outside of the box,” said Dr. Roger Stevens of Dentistry by Design.

Stevens says the contest is meant to encourage children and teenagers to make the right choices in life by doing good deeds for others. “I believe that children deserve a helping hand in making right choices and in determining a course of action to achieve their goals without compromising their morals,” he said.

Quillyn hopes to make 15 quilts to take to China.

Her family will travel around the world to meet their newest family member, Sadie Qin, next month.

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