Take some newsprint, a healthy dose of sequins, glitter glue and creativity, and you get Deb Nielsen’s grand-prize-winning entry in The Seattle Times/Bartell Drugs fan flags contest.
Nielsen, a Redmond scrapbooker and busy volunteer, consulted with her two teenage daughters as she embellished her banner over about a week. Look closely, and you’ll see cutouts of players, mini jerseys, tiny sports articles, beads, ribbons, stars, lights … “I just kept adding and adding,” she says. She said her prize, a $500 Bartell Drugs gift card, will especially come in handy for printing photos.
Seattle architect Roger Newell’s entry, called “Seahawk Rising,” earned a $250 Bartell card. Newell said he first thought of the banner as a dragon tail, then saw it as a kite tail, with a Seahawk head standing in for the kite. He said he’ll assemble some wings for it “after I learn how to build a bird kite.” For now, his creation is hanging in his office reception area.
Ten randomly selected entries have won $100 gift cards from Bartell Drugs or local restaurants. The winners are: Stacy Parks, Duvall; Linda Iwanyk, Mercer Island; Josepeh Piek, Puyallup; Sienna Sowatsky, Port Ludlow; Richard Roark, Lynnwood; Olivia George, Bellevue; Leah Gladstein, Seattle; Herbert Gabales, University Place; Jeri Kaufman, Burlington; Barb Streck, Lake Forest Park.
We received more than 550 entries. Check them out and print your own flags at www.seattletimes.com/fanflags
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