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McKenzie Middle School Student Wins National Quilting Contest

Posted 1/28/20

Lydia High, a sixth grader at McKenzie Middle School, was recently awarded first place among fifth through eighth graders in the national “School Block Challenge” quilting contest …

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McKenzie Middle School Student Wins National Quilting Contest

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Lydia High, a sixth grader at McKenzie Middle School, was recently awarded first place among fifth through eighth graders in the national “School Block Challenge” quilting contest sponsored by the National Quilting Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

Lydia, eleven, had only recently begun the hobby. Encouraged to give it a try by her mother, Jessalyn Cozart, who also quilts, she began learning with a small quilting group at First United Methodist Church in Paris.

Her winning quilt block, “Ocean Life,” was completed over five weekly sessions with the church group. It was her first attempt at crafting a block.

Lydia’s participation in the contest was sponsored by the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

The “School Block Challenge” featured 293 quilt blocks by 331 students from 27 states and one military base competing in various age divisions.

All winners and participants are invited to a reception on Saturday, February 1 at the National Quilting Museum, where Lydia will receive her award.

Lydia told The Banner that she has enjoyed quilting and plans to continue with the hobby.

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