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Two Detroit students get their ideas transformed into a float and balloon for the parade

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Tierra Bascomb was the winner of the Skillman Float Design Contest.

by Jason Rzucidlo
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DETROIT – Tierra Bascomb, an 8th grader from Bates Academy in Detroit and Freddie Burse, a 7th grader from Clippert Academy in Detroit came to the Parade Company on Tuesday. They were the grand prize-winning artists of the 18th annual Skillman Foundation Float and Balloon Design Contest. By the time they left their ideas on paper were transformed into a real-life float and balloon for America's Thanksgiving Parade. Both students will get the rare opportunity to be in the parade as it goes down Woodward Avenue.

Bascomb's drawing of "Past, Present, Music!" was transformed into a float for America's Thanksgiving Parade. Her float also serves as tribute to Motown's 50th anniversary this year. Burse's drawing of "Turtle" was transformed into a vibrant balloon.

"It's basically about music, the generation of music," said Tierra Bascomb, a student at Bates Academy. "The headphones, the music, the records, the Motown just period. It didn't really take that long. I just needed to draw it on paper. It looked really nice so I decided to enter it. I just can't wait to be in the parade, can't wait."

When the 8th grader found out she won the float contest, she said: "I was really shocked. It was still trying to process it really. But I was really excited though. I was really surprised that I could ride in the float. A good thing to say I was in the parade."

Attendees of this special event included the student artists, their families, teachers and principals. Twelve honorable mention winners were also revealed and they got the chance to see their drawings on display. Representatives from the Skillman Foundation and the Parade Company were also on hand.

"Our teacher was showing us images on our computer, if we wanted to do any of those, we had to change it and make it our own," said Freddie Burse, a student at Clippert Academy. "I thought the turtle would be easiest because of spots on its shell. So I chose that."

When the 7th grader found out he won the balloon contest, he said: "I was overwhelmed because me and my sister were joking about how ugly the turtle was. We didn't think that it was going to win. I'm just excited."

Bascomb will ride on her float during the parade alongside Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Burse will ride next to his 35-foot balloon as it soars above thousands of parade-goers during the parade.

"There were hundreds of students from the Detroit Public Schools in grades four through eight," said Tony Michaels, President & CEO of the Parade Company. "We have a panel. The students and schools submit all of the entries. Then, we have a large panel. It's paired down, it's paired down and it's paired down again. Finally, we have two great winners. The float and the balloon each take four to five weeks [to build]."

Each year, The Skillman Foundation writes an educational grant to The Parade Company for the design contest.

"We are lucky we get to do this program with Skillman," Michaels added. "This is the 18th year and it only gets better. What a great moment for the winners and all the great students who put in all the great designs."

For more information on The Parade Company, visit www.theparade.org or call (313) 923-7400.

 

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Bascomb is interviewed by a reporter.

 

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Bascomb's drawing of "Past, Present, Music!"

 

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Tony Michaels is the President & CEO of the Parade Company.

 

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Honorable Mention Drawings

 

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Carol Goss is the President & CEO of the Skillman Foundation.

 

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