Valparaiso, Meet Your Local Soapbox Derby Champs!

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From left to right: Abby Wester, age 8; Devin Corneil, age 14; Katie Sokora, age 13


Fun was the word of the day as Valparaiso held its annual soapbox derby local championship Saturday June 28th.  As is the tradition, the racers zoomed down the hill right on Lincolnway, the main thoroughfare in town.  With the cooperation of many corporate sponsors, our local A.B.A.T.E. club who served as volunteers, the Valparaiso administration and the weather, race day went of without a hitch.

Our local Champs are:

Stock Division: Abby Wester, age 8, John Simatovich Elementary

SuperStock Division: Kate Sikora, age 13, Chesterton Middle School

Masters Division: Devin Corneil, age 14, Benjamin Franklin Middle School


These excited young racers will now show their stuff at the National Championshipevent in Akron, Ohio to be run at Derby Downs Saturday, July 26th.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most racers as many young hopefuls race for years and never make it to the national event. Congratulations and Good Luck to all of them!

If you are interested in participating in the soapbox derby locally or sponsoring the event, contact local director Paul Zulich at 219-462-5244. For more information about the All American Soapbox Derby Association visit  their website at



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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hello Kimberly, I take it that Abby is one of your little Westers'?  Tell her congratulations from Linda and I.

Jul 02, 2008 12:40 AM #1
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Yes, Gary, that's my girl!  She won the champion title in her rookie year, can you believe it?  Now she will face racers from all over the world.  It's actually a pretty big deal. Especially when you are 8. 

I will definitely give her your congratulations! Thanks so much!

Jul 02, 2008 01:41 AM #2
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Awesome for your daughter and all the winners Kim - we saw them setting up Lincolnway the day before! - good luck in Akron :)



Jul 06, 2008 03:01 AM #3
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Grace - Yes, it is!  I can definitley say that these kids worked hard and all three are thrilled to be going to Akron.  Thank you!

Jul 07, 2008 09:31 AM #4
Jeff Payne
The Payne Group at Keller Williams Success Realty - Panama City, FL
Panama City Real Estate

Congrats!!!  I just want to know why they are eating cake????  Shouldn't that be a Tony's Pizza instead? 

Jul 07, 2008 02:46 PM #5
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