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Student wins contest by writing about ‘rhythm of May’

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A Center Grove fourth-grader won the annual 500 Festival essay contest about participants running in the mini-marathon.

Jaycie Weinberg, who attends South Grove Elementary School, won the annual contest for fourth-graders. Students wrote about how the 500 Festival helps Hoosiers “feel the rhythm of May.”

Weinberg wrote about the rhythm of shoes pounding on the pavement as runners race on foot before the Indy cars rev up Sunday.

“The Mini Marathon has a feeling of anticipation, nervous, crazy, happy, expectation and finally, accomplishment after crossing the finish line. It sweeps the rhythm into a jazz,” Weinberg wrote in her winning essay.

She won four tickets to the 500 Festival parade Saturday and Indianapolis 500 race on Sunday. Her teacher, Tonya Hicks, also won two tickets to qualifying laps and the parade.

The essay contest is part of the annual Indianapolis 500 Education Program, which includes lessons about the race and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and allows schools to take field trips to the track every year. More than 25,000 fourth-graders around the state are taking part this year, the program’s 10th.

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