Angel wins NEMS360.com's online photo contest

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – When Kristy Bennett greeted Northeast Mississippi’s snow last week, she decided to create a snow angel.
“I wanted to make something small,” the Booneville resident said. “I don’t know. It just snowballed – no pun intended – into something bigger.”
She spent about 10 hours over two days on her creation. It took top prize out of 107 entries in NEMS360.com’s Snowman Photo Contest. The angel earned 81 out of 512 votes cast.
“I enjoyed the contest. It was fun,” Bennett, 44, said. “All of my family and friends got into it, so it was a big deal.”
Todd Vinyard, NEMS360.com online editor, said readers can expect more contests in the future.
As her project was getting bigger last Monday and Tuesday, Bennett thought about her mother, Donna Franks of Savannah, Tenn.
“My mama has breast cancer,” Bennett said. “I got to thinking about that: I could make a guardian angel.”
An angel requires wings, and that was tricky. Bennett completed the body and face on Monday, and considered doing without the wings.
“I thought about wire and netting,” she said. “I wired a little wing to her and started packing snow onto it,” she said. “It worked. I was really surprised and happy that it worked. I really wanted her to have wings. I wanted her to be a real angel.”
As part of the contest, Bennett won $50. She also created a showpiece that had friends and strangers stopping for a look.
“The angel is no longer here. She kind of started melting on Saturday. She lost her wings, one at a time,” Bennett said.
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.