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Clear Laker wins White Cloud contest

February 06, 2013 - Congratulations to Allison Hufstedler, 6, of Oxford, for being one of three national winners in a tissue box design competition sponsored by White Cloud.

The Clear Lake Elementary kindergartner's colorful drawing of three happy lions enjoying a beautiful day in the great outdoors will be featured on special edition White Cloud tissue boxes that will be released in May and sold in Walmart stores across the nation.

Hufstedler's drawing received the third highest number of votes on Facebook last month. At that point, she was one of 10 national finalists.

The contest was open to kids ages 4 to 14, representing 168 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in the United States.

Hufstedler is representing Beaumont Children's Hospital in Royal Oak. As a result of her big win, the hospital will receive a $15,000 donation from White Cloud.

A few weeks ago the Leader ran a story encouraging readers to vote for Hufstedler on Facebook. Her mother, Wendy Hufstedler, credits the paper for her victory.

"We couldn't have done it without you," she said. "Thank you so much. I'm sure that (article) made such a difference."

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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