Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Webster Teen Among The Soap Box Derby Winners

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — More than 440 racers have given their all in the 76th All-American Soap Box Derby in northeast Ohio, and a Webster teen is among the winners.

The Saturday derby in Akron featured competitors from the United States and other countries competing for a share of $30,000 in scholarships.

Fourteen-year-old Ricky Desens of Webster, N.Y., won the Rally Super Stock division. Thirteen-year-old Macaila Ziolkowski of McKeesport, Pa., won the Stock Car division and 14-year-old Bryce Volpe, 14, of Mentor in northeast Ohio won the Super Stock division.

Two 16-year-olds won the Masters divisions. They were Jay Warnick of Drayden, Md., and Melanie Kohout of Geneva, Ill.

Racers were able to qualify for the downhill competition of gravity-powered cars by winning just one race in their local community or by being a rally champion after competing throughout the year.