Winners announced in Village Ford drawing contest

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Village Ford Sales Manager Brian Bartholomew (right) presents a check to first place winner Corneliu Floarea.

DEARBORN — The first and second place winners of the fourth annual Village Ford drawing contest, which supports the Martian Marathon Races in April, received their cash awards in the Village Ford showroom.

Corneliu Floarea of Dearborn, a 10-year-old-student at Henry Ford Elementary School, was named the overall winner and received a check for $300. Abigail Lupescu, 11, of Ypsilanti was awarded $200 for second place.

Several schools in the Dearborn area are given an opportunity every year to have their students participate in the drawing contest. The criteria is that the students incorporate the Martians, running and Village Ford.

The entries are displayed in the Village Ford showroom and dealership employees submit their votes for the winning drawing. More than 50 entries were received this year.

“Voting is tough with all the entries,” Village Ford Sales Manager and Martian Marathon Coordinator Brian Bartholomew said. “The imagination and effort that the kids put in to their drawings makes it hard to pick a favorite, but our winners this year really did give us some great reasons to vote for them.”

Floarea was hopeful of parental approval to use his $300 to buy a new Kindle and Lupescu had her heart set on spending some of her $200 to upgrade her iPod.

The Martian Marathon Races include a full marathon, half marathon, 10K run, 5K run and a children’s mini-marathon. More than 7,000 people ran in this year’s events and 2,200 of those were the children running in the mini-marathon.