Kristina Powell, 16, of Fort Wayne will represent Lima, Ohio in the 72nd running of the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio on July 25. She won the local race in the Super Stock Division held in Lima, Ohio on Saturday, June 20.
Over 500 Champs from the three Rally Divisions and the three local divisions (Stock, Super Stock, and Masters) will arrive in Akron on Monday, July 20, sign in and spend the week preparing for the “…greatest amateur downhill racing event of the world.”
Kristina, a student at Heritage Senior High School is the daughter of Tim and Phyllis Powell of Poe, Indiana. Her car and racing is sponsored by her grandparents Charles and Marvel Powell of the Waynedale area.
The Powell family has a long history of Soap Box Derby competition. Her cousin Shannon Neumann won the last Fort Wayne local race in 1987; cousin, Dani Schnieder was the local winner of all three divisions in Goshen, Indiana in 1998 thru 2001; and sister Kalene Powell placed fourth in the Stock Division at Akron in 2002 and reached the finals in the Super Stock Division in 2003 and 2004. This is the third time that Kristina Powell has made it into the finals in Akron. She was the Local Stock Division Champ from Kokomo, Indiana in 2005 and one of five Region 5 Champs in the Super Stock Division from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin last year.
The Champs compete for a myriad of prizes for the top 9 finishers of each division as well as valuable College Scholarships for the top three finishers. Also, they have a great time, learn skills and build friendships and family relationships that in many cases will last a lifetime.
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