Magoffin boy wins Shriners contest

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PAINTSVILLE - A North Magoffin Elementary student won a T-shirt design contest.

Alex Watkins, 12 years old, drew a quick logo about two months ago for the Big Sandy Shrine Club A-Team and he and his family had all but forgotten about it until receiving a package in the mail last week.

Watkins' mom, Angela Arnett, said when she received the T-shirt in the mail on Thursday, June 26, at first she thought her son had left something at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati from his last checkup. Then she read the card, congratulating and thanking him for his great drawing.

To them, Arnett said it was an honor for her son to be involved in the contest since the Big Sandy Shrine Club A-Team has been a blessing to them and other families like them.

"He had burns when he was 3 years old, so they send him to the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital every two years to monitor his hands," Arnett said. "This group based out of Paintsville transports local people to the [Shriners] hospital for their appointments. These people are a blessing and for Alex to do this is a big honor."