Winners of contest announced Winners of the Beautiful Baby Photo Contest sponsored by the Theta Omega Chapter of ESA International are: first place, Erika Fallan; second place, Autumn Barnett; and third place, Ryan Kraft.
The contest benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Erika is the two-year-old daughter of David and Julie Fallan of rural Vermillion. Erika's dad farms north of Vermillion and her mother is a secretary in the biology department at The University of South Dakota.
Two-year-old Autumn's parents are Andrea Barnett and D.J. Barnett, both of Vermillion. Andrea, who will enter the graduate physical therapy program at the university next fall, is an aide in the physical therapy department at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus. D.J. is self-employed.
Ryan, who is nine months old, lives in Yankton with his parents, John and Sharon Kraft. Ryan's mother is employed as a medical transcriptionist at the Vermillion Medical Clinic and his dad is a salesman for Cimpl Meats in Yankton.
Erika will receive a $50 savings bond and a St. Jude T-shirt for herself and her mom. Autumn will receive a St. Jude tote bag and a T-shirt for herself and her mom. Ryan and his mother will both receive St. Jude T-shirts.
All the children who were entered in the photo contest will receive certificates of appreciation.
Thanks to the generosity of the friends and families of the children and of the people of the Vermillion community who donated a penny for a vote for their favorite baby photo, a total of $585.96 was raised to benefit the children of St. Jude Hospital.