South's Greatest Kids of 2017 Winners

When it comes to cute, the kids of the South are all way above average! We asked our readers to send us a few of their favorite photos.  See for yourself!

 

Cohen Harper

6 months
Parents: John and Andrea Harper
My parents were told when I was only 35 weeks that I had some sort of growth on my neck and chest. They couldn’t give many answers and we were worried sick. When I was born, I was whisked away for testing and my mom wasn’t able to hold me right away. A few hours later, the doctors told us that I had a rare lymphatic cyst called a lymphangioma, but I was otherwise completely healthy! So despite all I’ve been through, I’m is always happy. I love people and smile at everyone!

Paisley Metz

3 years old
Parents: Gray and Chad Metz
Loving other people is easy with my outgoing nature. Everyone I meet gets a hug and a kiss. Don’t underestimate me, I’m a very determined child. Because of my “condition”, I push myself to accomplish things that come easily to most kids. My parents say that I live life with an enthusiasm that most never experience and that I have exceeded everyone’s expectations and am growing into an active, talkative little girl (maybe a little too talkative, lol).  Because of Down Syndrome, I have low muscle tone, making all developmental milestones into achievements to celebrate (like when I was almost two years old, I stood up and walked across the room). So, now I LOVE showing off my dance moves. I just know it will get a laugh or people will be impressed so I dance every chance I get. 

Avery Mason

7 years old
Parents: Dereck and Amber Mason
I love cheerleading – especially being a member of the Savannah Sharks and having the chance to compete against other teams. That’s really fun! I also enjoy playing tennis. My parents say I’m a bit competitive and I worked hard to get on the honor roll at school. But art is something I also love to do. It lets me use my imagination!

Mia Alexis Lopez

5 years old
Parents: Ernest and Amy Lopez
I’m outgoing, creative and very inquisitive. I’m absorbed in learning new things and will ask you questions about everything. I’ll bug you to tell me all about it, and if you don’t know the answer, just Google it. I remember my first trip to Disney World where I met all of my favorite characters in person for the very first time. The joy I felt was priceless! It reminds me of Rapunzel. She’s my favorite character because she has long hair. I want to climb up her hair so that we can play together in her tower.

Olivia Harley

3 years old
Parents: Gene and Kelly Harley
While my older brother is carefully considering crossing the street, I have already crossed it. Twice. With my eyes closed. I dance like no one is watching. As soon as you meet me, you’ll agree that my love for life is infectious! I really like Doc McStuffins. I go around singing, “It’s time for a checkup!” while carrying my doctor bag around just like Doc McStuffins. I always want to make people feel better, and if you let me give you a checkup, I’ll make sure to use plenty of shots and Band-Aids.

Emery Michael Gideon

16 months
Parents: Terry and Leslie Gideon
Have you ever seen the “Cars” movie? I love Lightning McQueen. I have the Lightning McQueen Matchbook car, and I take it everywhere! I can really zoom around! My brothers and sisters love to chase me around the house, and that’s fun for me, too. I also love to dance. Almost any kind of music. If I had my choice, I’d stay outside most of the time. Day or night, it wouldn’t matter. So many things to see and do!

Makenzie Emma Lane

3 years old
Parents: Danielle Leach & Jeff Lane
My mom always says I have a heart of gold. Not to brag, but I recently landed the “kindness” award for the year at my school. That’s got to count for something, right? My favorite cartoon character is Minnie Mouse. I love her because she is so cute, and she always wears pink, my favorite color! I love getting together with my friends. We have a lot of things to do, but the best is getting our fingernails painted! I love my big sister, Kalley. She is nice to me, and I hope I can be like her when I get bigger.

Hunter Bryant

3 years old
Parents: Erin Wieniewitz & Jason Bryant
I love to laugh. It makes everybody happy! My favorite cartoon character is Mickey Mouse, but I also love Santa Claus! My favorite thing is playing outside. There are so many great things to do and interesting things to play with – like the vacuum cleaner and the leaf blower. Wow! And by the way, my sister behind me, she won South’s Greatest Kids last year. Now I’m as awesome as she is!

Lilli Bonin

8 years old
Parents: Jessica Bonin & Josh Turner
Being fun, loving, kind and spunky fits well with my love for competition cheerleading. It feels so good when everything comes together in our routines. Hard work and practice really pay off. If you know Harry Potter then you know Hermione Granger. She is one of my favorite characters. She is brave and smart and she knows a lot of spells. She is a happy person who cares for people. 

Meadow Bloom Fretwell & jacob Ferguson

1 1/2 years old
Parents: Sean & Kristan Fretwell,
Anthony & Beth Ferguson
We are lovable first cousins and the youngest on the farm. I love animals and my cousin Jacob loves me! We are the best of friends and we hug all the time. All THE time. We just love our farm life and being with our farm animals here, but we do like our occasional book to read.

Jack Friedman

7 months
Parents: Zachary & Whitney Friedman
I love to be outside. My parents think I have a lot of curiosity, and there is so much going on that is fun to watch. I see lots of animals outside, and I especially like dogs! I love people and they make me laugh. Ducks make me laugh, too. I love to watch the “Duck Song” cartoon on YouTube. It’s my favorite, but I like other kinds of music, too. And I also like books. I’m learning to read, and I already know how to finger paint!
 
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Events Calendar

  • #art912, Grounded

    Mar 30, 2018
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums will feature a commissioned work titled Grounded by Adolfo Alvarado, a Savannah-based artist whose work incorporates cal­ligraphic...

  • Turtle Talks

    May 16, 2018
    10:15 AM - 10:15 AM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    During Turtle Talks, you’ll learn about anatomy and natural adaptations of sea turtles, discuss Tybee’s Sea Turtle Project conservation...

  • Savannah Voice Festival, Speed Dating Tonight!

    Aug 19, 2018
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Michael Ching’s popular opera Speed Dating Tonight! introduces you to all the characters you might run into at speed dating: the exercise...

  • Tybee South Beach Walks

    May 16, 2018
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    South beach walks depart from the science center where you’ll join a knowledgeable marine science educator on a guided walk of Tybee’s south...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    May 16, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Mamma Mia at Savannah Theatre

    Aug 17, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    Mamma Mia! The Worldwide Smash Hit Musical based on the music of ABBA! Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the...

  • Mamma Mia at Savannah Theatre

    Aug 17, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    Mamma Mia! The Worldwide Smash Hit Musical based on the music of ABBA! Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the...

  • Sphere of Influence: Glass Artists of Western North Carolina

    Aug 01, 2018
    11:00 AM - 40:00 AM @ Toe River Arts Council Gallery

    Sphere of Influence will visually document the global impact of WNC glass artists, and the research gathered from over 55 regional glass artists....

  • Savannah Voice Festival, Madness and Mayhem

    Aug 20, 2018
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Discover opera’s darkest gems in this concert featuring mad scenes, villainous plots and unhinged characters. The Savannah VOICE Festival Artists...

  • The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander

    Aug 22, 2018
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Southwest Chatham Library

    Nationally recognized author Kwame Alexander presents engaging ways to motivate youth and inspire a love of reading and writing. Free and open to...

  • Savannah Voice Festival, La Traviata

    Aug 22, 2018
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Experience the tragedy of a hopeless romance in the most performed opera of today, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. In this timeless story, a young...

  • Voice Festival, Come Together Master Class

    Aug 23, 2018
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ GSU Armstrong Campus Auditorium

    A Master Class with Maria Zouves and Benjamin Warsaw. Great music is made when great musicians come together. This unique master class explores the...

  • Savannah Voice Festival, Kings of the High C's

    Aug 23, 2018
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    It’s not just three tenors—get ready for a fantastic performance full of high C’s and that tenor bravado that makes leading ladies (and...

  • Summerfest

    Aug 24, 2018
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Congress Street

    Held annually on the fourth Saturday in August, Summerfest has been recognized at the South Carolina Governor’s Conference on...

  • Yoga Relay to Support Family Caregivers

    Aug 24, 2018
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Service Brewing Co.

    You are invited to join us in raising support for our local caregivers by joining together in a yoga relay! What’s a Yoga Relay? We will do 100...

  • Savannah Voice Festival, Fab "Four" The Festival

    Aug 24, 2018
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Travel back in time to the “Age of Aquarius,” in this concert celebrating the vibrant music of the 60s. Accompanied by Savannah’s own Elite...

  • Tybee Equality Fest

    Aug 24, 2018
    7:30 PM - 1:00 AM @ Different locations

    Tybee Island is a welcoming little island with lots of LOVE to give! We are coming together as an in the spirit of continued Unity to create this...

  • SMCC Inaugural Business Expo with Support from Dismas Charities, Inc.

    Aug 25, 2018
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Georgia Southern University: Armstrong Campus

    The inaugural SMCC Business Expo is free for all attendees and includes seminars and panels which will provide insight from experts in branding,...

  • Savannah Voice Festival, La Traviata

    Aug 25, 2018
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Charles H. Morris Center

    Experience the tragedy of a hopeless romance in the most performed opera of today, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. In this timeless story, a young...

  • Savannah Voice Festival, Stories Great and Small - Festival Finale

    Aug 26, 2018
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Plantation Club at The Landings

    Concert or Gala Dinner Package available. 5 p.m. – Concert, 6:30 p.m. – Gala Dinner. After three weeks of sharing stories, the Savannah VOICE...


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Scenes of the South

7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/ Celebrity Bowlapalooza Auction

Plenty of supporters came came out to the 7th Annual Savannah Ambucs/Vaden Chevrolet Pooler Celebrity Bowlapalooza Kickoff and Auction for a night of fun and fundraising. There was an Amtryke, specially adapted 3 wheel bike giveaway, and a silent and live auction. The auction was to help make a difference in the Savannah community and to inspire mobility and independence for people with different abilities.

Ronald McDonald House Super Summer Shindig

Children came dressed as their favorite superheroes as they enjoyed face painting, games, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and their favorite favorite superheroes and McDonald’s characters. There was delicious appetizers by Chef Cynthia Creighton-Jones of Cape Creations Catering, Ghost Coast cocktails, door prizes, and the great networking opportunities in Savannah.

Whiskey Wednesday

First City Network, Ghost Coast Distillery and South Magazine came together for this event at 39 Rue De Jean on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The mission of First City Network (FCN) is to enhance and sustain the well-being of LGBT individuals and their allies .

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra -Swingin' Savannah River

The beautiful Westin Harbor Lawn was the perfect setting to enjoy the ultimate July 4th experience on the Savannah River including a patriotic concert with The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

JCB Mudrun 2018

As feet hit the wet mud, eyes were set on the trophies and hearts beat with adrenaline at this year’s 7th annual JCB Mud Fest. Nearly 1,500 participants showed up from around the country, making this the most successful event to date. All proceeds benefited the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. Participants endured a variety of new challenges, including fan favorites such as the JCB mud lake and the tire field.

Old Town Trolley's 25th Anniversary

Old Town Trolley celebrated 25 years of business!

Red, White & Blue Baseball Night

The Two Hundred Club, hosted by the Savannah Bananas, held a double header evening featuring an exhibition softball game between the local Firefighters & EMS versus Law Enforcement at Grayson Stadium.

2018 Savannah Mile

Hundreds of service members and their families joined with community neighbors and volunteers for this annual One-Mile Run yo support The 200 club of the Coastal Empire. Participants run North on Drayton Street for one mile to nd at the Finish Line on Broughton Street. The 200 club provides resources and financial support for families who have had a loved one killed or injured in the line of duty.

Lowcountry Annie Oakleys Charity Clay Tournament

The third annual Annie Oakley's Charity Clay Tournament and After Party took place on September 29. The event benefited the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital in Savannah. The day began at 11:30 a.m. with the driven bird flurry contest. Later that afternoon, the shotgun start kicked off the 100-shot tournament. The after party that evening was open to non-shooters alike, where cocktails, drinks and hors d'oeuvres from Cotton & Rye were served.

Savannah Salutes Empower Health After Party

More than four hundred service members representing every branch of the military from all over the country congregated in Savannah to Savannah to provide no cost Health Care to thousands of Savannah residents as a part of the Empower Health Innovative Readiness Training program initiated by the Department of Defense. The Savannah Salute event was hosted on May 20 at the Savannah Civic Center to celebrate the success of the program and thank all involved.