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All-American Kids Awards honors four, including youngest winner ever

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Drew Klauser, St. Dominic School Drew Klauser, St. Dominic School
Ratayia Bias, Berrian School Ratayia Bias, Berrian School
Abby Biswell, Quincy Junior High School Abby Biswell, Quincy Junior High School
Amanda Zehnle, Liberty Junior High School Amanda Zehnle, Liberty Junior High School
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It was made to honor excellence in local children and this year, the youngest recipient ever took home a prize.

The annual All-American Kids Awards were handed out at the Quincy Exchange Club meeting Friday afternoon. 

The awards honor special achievement in the categories of Arts & Humanities, Math & Natural Science, and Sports. Each winner gets a special plaque and a $200 educational award.  One 8-year-old was the youngest winner in history, and she says she was shocked.

"There was an envelope in the mail, and my mom, she actually acted like I was in trouble," said Ratayia Bias.  "And then she said 'I'm just joking with you, you won the American Kid Award, and I was just so happy and proud of myself."

This year featured four winners in the three categories, as two students ended up in a tie.  The following students were honored:

Arts/Humanities (TIE):

Ratayia Bias, Berrian School

Abby Biswell, Quincy Junior High School

Mathematics/Natural Science:

Drew Klauser, St. Dominic School

Sports:

Amanda Zehnle, Liberty Junior High School

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