Melissa Epstein Honored as a Grand Prize Winner in This Year's K'NEPERT Building Contest

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Plano, TX Nine Year-Old to be awarded $10,000 Savings Bond from K’NEX Brands

Melissa's Secret Apple Tree

The K'NEXpert contest is the highlight of our year

K’NEX Brands, America’s building toy company focused on building worlds kids love, has chosen Melissa Epstein as one of the grand prize winners of its 2011 K’NEXpert Search. The nationwide building contest asks kids ages 5-12 to submit original designs made entirely out of K’NEX pieces. Melissa is nine years-old and lives with her parents in Plano, TX.

Melissa won in the 9-12 year-old category for her creation named Secret Apple Tree – a huge replica of an apple tree created entirely from K’NEX. The realistic-looking tree includes roots, branches, a thick trunk, twigs, leaves and of course apples! Melissa designed a complex web of K’NEX pieces to support this colorful, larger-than-life K’NEX build.

This year, three Grand Prize winners and seven finalists were chosen from three age categories. In addition to Melissa, two other grand prize winners will each be awarded a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond for college: 6-year-old Wesley from Ottawa, ON, Canada, and 8-year-old William from Sadler, TX. The seven finalists will each receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond to put toward their education.

“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 that wow even our toy designers,” he said.

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 building contest that asks kids to design an ultra-creative, original model made entirely out of K’NEX parts.

About K’NEX Brands
Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 200 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX seeks to build young minds with its exciting product line and critically acclaimed K’NEX Education program. For more information, please visit


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