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5-year-old Sydney named winner of 2016 Masonic Children’s Hospital Turtle Derby logo design contest

Sydney Zink, winner of our 2016 Turtle Derby logo design contest, included hearts in her design to express her love for her doctor, Pediatric Dermatologist Ingrid Polcari, MD.
5-year-old Sydney Zink’s drawing was selected as the official logo for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital Turtle Derby event in 2016.
Sydney Zink, who loves to draw and color pictures, was excited to enter the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital Turtle Derby logo contest earlier this year.

But the 5-year-old from Melrose, Minn., was even more overjoyed when she learned her design—a picture of a turtle clad in shoes and emblazoned with hearts—had been selected as the official seal of the 2016 Turtle Derby. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, on the Masonic Children’s Hospital grounds. 

We caught up with Sydney and her mother Christie to ask the pair a few questions about their winning design.

How did you hear about the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital Turtle Derby logo contest? 

When I went in for an appointment, my mommy was talking to the nice lady and she asked me if I liked to draw and I said YES, because I really love to make pictures. Then she said there was a contest and I was very excited!  

Describe your inspiration for the Turtle Derby logo. What was challenging about creating the design? What was your favorite part of the process?

I made my turtle with hearts because I wanted to show how much I love University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and Dr. Ingrid Polcari. Dr. Polcari helps to remind me that I am very brave, and that helps me a lot. She is so nice and special, so I drew it how I would draw it for her. I was trying to do my very best, and it was hard because I could not use any crayons, only a pencil. That is very hard because turtles are green and hearts are red.


What was your reaction when you learned your design was chosen? 

I was really happy! My mommy told me that there was a message on the answering machine for me. When I heard it I was SO EXCITED! I started to jump up and down, all over. I even screamed a little. “Mommy, is it true, I really won? YES! My dream came true!!” Then I gave everyone hugs!

Are you planning to attend the Turtle Derby later this year to see your design in action? 

Yes, and I can hardly wait! My mommy has told me how fun it is and that it raises money to help the hospital help kids. I think that is important because I have a lot of friends that I love at the hospital who need help, including one friend who has epidermolysis bullosa. Plus, I really love parades and turtles too.

Do you enjoy drawing and creative projects? What other interests and hobbies do you have? 

I love to draw and color because I get to use my imagination. I make pictures all of the time for my family and teachers, especially Mrs. Maus. I also like to go to gymnastics, go to school, play with my friends and I sing and dance too. I really like to make people smile and laugh.