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Hoar Construction and Bowl Choose Reading and Writing Contest Finalist

(MOBILE, Ala.) – The tenth annual HOAR Construction/ Bowl Reading and Writing Program announced its 10 finalist November 30th at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Finalist were presented with savings bonds in front of a large audience including an invited 2,000 local fourth graders.

Fifth grade students in the state of Alabama, the Gulf Coast regions of Florida and Mississippi began entering the contest in September. They were required to read a book and submit a written book report in 250 words or less. Mobile County School Board representative Ken Megginson, Miss Twila Tschan, Oregon’s Junior Miss 2008 and representative of the Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss, Mike Lanier with Hoar Construction, and Bowl president Jerry Silverstein were all present for the awards.

Apart from meeting exciting guests at the ceremony and receiving savings bonds the 10 finalists were invited to attend the events taking place during Bowl Week. Events include the Bowl Mayor’s Luncheon and the Bowl game.

Savings bonds were awarded to the 10 finalists in amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000:

Ben Austin, Lipscomb Elementary, Brentwood TN
James Jordan, Collier Elementary, Mobile AL
Parker Stroud, Rock Quarry Elementary, Tuscaloosa AL
Antquanetta Wells, Tuskegee Public, Fort Davis AL

Kevin Hughes, St. Elmo Elementary, Irvington AL
Caroline Gamard, Fairhope Intermediate School, Fairhope AL
Aleha Greathouse, Wylam Elementary, Adamsville AL

Maitland Thull, Mary B. Austin, Mobile AL

Elysa Garcia, Clark-Shaw Elementary, Mobile AL

Lauren Bradford, Gulf Shores Elementary, Gulf Shores AL

Over the past nine years, the Hoar Construction/ Bowl Reading and Writing Program has donated over $205,000 in savings bonds to students in the fifth grade.

The Bowl will be played on January 6, 2011, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised nationally on ESPN at 7:00 pm.

For more information about the Hoar Construction/ Bowl Reading and Writing Program, please visit or call the Bowl office at 251-635-0011.