The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority recently announced the winners from the 2013 Write a Theme contest. The contest is held annually in conjunction with the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit, and pays homage to Ralphie's theme requesting a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.

Kenlei Glotzbach, of Belleville, Ill, won the 9 and under age category. Glotzbach explained that she wanted dance and tumbling classes for Christmas. Prior to moving to their new house, Glotzbach stated that she was very good at dance and tumbling, and was able to make a lot of friends in class.

Winning the 10-18 age category, Zoe Winters, of Hobart, explained that she wanted a kayak for Christmas. After going kayaking in Michigan while staying at a friend's cabin, Winters found she really enjoyed it and would have multiple places to try her new kayak along the South Shore.

The 19 and older age category's winner is Ebony Nicholson of Portage, IN. For Christmas, Nicholson asked that all needy children have food to eat, all homeless families have a roof over their heads and to be able to give her great-grandmother one last hug and kiss.

The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit is held annually from November through January. Though the exhibit is now closed for the season, the South Shore CVA's website offers information on other fun family activities, as well as information on new exhibits. Visit www.southshorecva.com to learn more about on-going and upcoming events and activities.