Alex Liao Honored as a Grand Prize Winner in This Year’s K’NEXpert
Waterloo, ON Six-year-old to be awarded $10,000 Savings Bond from K’NEX Brands
Hatfield, PA (Vocus) November 18, 2009 -- K’NEX Brands, one of the world’s leading construction toy
manufacturers, has chosen Alex Liao as one of the Grand Prize winners of its 2010 K’NEXpert Search. The
nationwide search asks kids ages 5-12 to submit original designs made entirely out of K’NEX pieces. Alex is six
years old and lives with his parents in Waterloo, ON, Canada.
Alex won in the 5-6 year-old category with his model called Eureka, a Mars rover complete with an extendable
arm and four independent rear wheels for stability.
K’NEX awarded three Grand Prize winners – one from each of three age categories – in this years’ contest. In
addition to Alex, Grand Prize winners include 8-year-old Connor Garmey from Severna Park, MD, and
12-year-old Ian Culhane of Olympia, WA. Each of the boys will be awarded a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond to be
used for their education. In addition, the seven finalists will each be awarded $1,000 Savings Bonds.
The three Grand Prize winners will visit K’NEX headquarters in Hatfield, PA on December 1. As guests of
K’NEX President Michael Araten the winners will receive their award checks, enjoy a lunch with K’NEX
designers and take a private factory tour. Their award-winning models will be displayed at K’NEX headquarters.
“The K’NEXpert contest is the highlight of our year,” said K’NEX President Michael Araten. “K’NEX fans
consistently surpass our expectations with their creativity and innovation, building elaborate works of art,” he
K’NEX is the world’s most innovative construction toy company. As the winner of more than 200 international
awards, K’NEX encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” The K’NEXpert Search is an annual contest
that asks kids to design an ultra-creative, original model made entirely out of K’NEX parts
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