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South Dakota Girl Wins $2,500 for Card Design

April 18, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Corinne Frederick, a fifth grader from Madison, S.D., says her prize- winning design for a Mother’s Day greeting card features a smiling, furry rabbit because it reminds her of her mother.

″She’s warm, and she always helps you out when something’s wrong,″ said Corinne, 11, who was honored at a Capitol Hill luncheon Wednesday for her painting, which won first place in a nationwide competition involving more than a half-million elementary school artists.

Using tempera paints on construction paper, Corinne created a Mother’s Day card with mother and child bunnies in the center, encircled by pairs of butterflies, birds, turtles, chicks, snakes and ladybugs. Inside, the message reads: ″A mother surrounds you with love.″

Corinne said she chose the design ″because I thought that mothers take good care of their children, just like animals do.″

Corinne, who attends Garfield Elementary School in Madison, a small, rural community about 50 miles northwest of Sioux Falls, was accompanied to the reception in the Dirksen Senate Office Building by her parents, Michael and Jill Frederick, and her sister, Marti, 6.

Her father is an electronics salesman in Madison, and her mother is a high school art teacher.

As winner of the card contest sponsored by a chain of fried chicken restaurants and a women’s magazine, Corinne received a $2,500 check, a home computer and an expense-paid trip to Washington and New York. In addition, her design will be used for a real Mother’s Day card by a greeting card firm.

Corinne’s teacher also will receive a home computer, and her school will receive a set of encyclopedias.

The second prize of $1,000 was won by Molly Baumgardner, 11, a student at Morrison Elementary School in Clemson, S.C. Third-place awards of $500 each went to David Wray, 11, of Running Brook School, Columbia, Md., and Allison Kuklok, 10, of Green Acres School, Lebanon, Ore.