Each year, Heinz hosts a ketchup packet design contest for school-age kids from 1st through 12th grade. Each contestant can enter as many ideas as they wish, following Heinz specific guidelines. Heinz selects one student per grade level as the winner. Winners not only have their designs printed on ketchup packets which will be distributed in U.S. schools, but they also win $1,000 cash each, $1,000 for their school's art department, and $1,000 in Heinz Ketchup for their school.
Jamie submitted seven ideas and Heinz selected her cute baby tomato design you see in the photo above. Her art teacher Ms. Thacker was instrumental in encouraging students to submit artwork and send everything in on time.
We received an official letter from the H.J. Heinz Company several weeks ago telling us that Jamie had been selected as a potential prize winner and that final selection of winners was to be posted on May 23rd on their website. Naturally we were very excited! So much so, I was up at 4:00 a.m. yesterday checking the website every 10 minutes until about 11:00 a.m. when the winners were finally posted. When I saw her name there, all I could say was, "Well, I'll be darned." And promptly got on the phone, e-mail, and Facebook telling everyone the great news.
Jamie, herself, didn't find out right away because she was in the middle of exams. I tried calling the school, but they wouldn't put me through. She eventually called me when she got a break. We were so happy!!
I spent the afternoon watching the clock, waiting for her to come home so I could give her a huge hug. I made her favorite cake: chocolate with peanut butter frosting. I also spent a little time in the driveway with some sidewalk chalk...
To see all of this year's winners as well as past winners, check out Heinz's Creativity website.
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