By Adam Ganucheau/NEMS Daily Journal
Lawhon Elementary School student Maury Johnston put her creativity to work and won a national design contest. Maury, 11, entered seven animal drawings into the Garnet Hill catalogue’s Slipper Boot Contest, but her snail design was chosen as one of three national winners.
“When I found out I won, I got really excited,” Maury said. “I was so excited I wanted to scream, but I couldn’t because I was at school.”
Each year, Garnet Hill allows children to submit drawings on an application for the national contest. Maury’s mother Carley Johnston said that three of her four daughters submitted designs, but Maury took it a little more seriously than the others.
Johnston received an email from Garnet Hill in December informing her that Maury’s design was selected as a winner, and Johnston immediately emailed Maury’s teacher.
“Her teacher announced it to the class and that was the first time (Maury) had heard about it,” Johnston said. “She was so thrilled.”
As a reward for winning the contest, Maury received the first pair of snail boots ever manufactured and a $100 gift card to Garnet Hill.
“The boots are really comfortable, and I really love the design,” Maury said. “The design really looks like what I drew.”
According to an email Johnston received from Garnet Hill, Maury’s boots will go on sale at the end of October. They will also be highlighted in the catalogue, on their website and on their social media platforms.