Melissa Epstein Honored as a Finalist in this Year’s K’NEXpert™ Building Contest

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Plano, TX Ten Year-Old to be awarded $1,000 Savings Bond from K’NEX Brands

Colonial Flower Garden Ball Gown

K’NEX Brands, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love™, has chosen Melissa Epstein as one of seven finalists in the 2012 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 ten years-old and lives with her parents in Plano, TX.

Melissa won in the 9-12 year-old category for her creation Colonial Flower Garden Ball Gown – a full-length gown that can be worn and accessorized with accompanying hat and fan - all created entirely from K’NEX. This is Melissa’s second year in a row as a K’NEXpert Winner. Last year she was honored with a Grand Prize for her Secret Apple Tree Model.

Three Grand Prize winners and seven finalists were chosen from three age categories. In addition to Melissa, six other finalists will each be awarded a $1,000 Series EE U.S. Savings Bond to be put toward their college education. The three Grand Prize winners will each receive a $20,000 Series EE U.S. Savings Bond for, twice the amount previously awarded in the contest, in celebration of the K’NEX upcoming 20th anniversary year in 2012.

“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. We’re proud to have the current winners represent K’NEX during our 20th anniversary year.” 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, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, 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 is America’s building toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” Since 1992, The Rodon Group, a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 30 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system. For more information, please visit http://www.knex.com or http://www.rodongroup.com.

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