And the winner of the NWI Communities Valentine's Day Contest is...

2014-02-14T00:00:00Z 2014-02-14T00:59:32Z And the winner of the NWI Communities Valentine's Day Contest is...Laura Lane, Times Digital Producer
February 14, 2014 12:00 am  • 

I told you all about the elementary school heartthrob who couldn't even spell my name right on the Valentine's Day card he gave me. I was so completely heartbroken. However, it did make me feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one around the Region who has an embarrassing albeit hilarious Valentine's Day story to share.

We only had seven entries to the NWI Communities Valentine's Day Contest, but those seven entries were very entertaining to read. We could only select one grand prize winner, though. So without further adieu, the winner is Awanii Nicholson.

Nicholson won two tickets valued at $88 for "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash" at Theatre at the Center in Munster, a $50 gift certificate to Blackstone Woodfire Grill in Schererville, a dozen roses valued at $75 from Dixon's Florist in Munster, and a $25 gift certificate to It's Just Serendipity in Hammond.

Isabel Chapa and Candice Hanusin are the two runners up. Both won two movie tickets each for Cinemark Theater in Valparaiso.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest. Keep your eyes peeled for more NWI Communities contests in the future.

Awanii Nicholson's story

My son and his father went shopping for Valentine’s Day. My son wanted to get cards for all the kids in his class and a gift for one particular girl that he had a crush on. I suggested he get her a box of LEGOs.

When they returned from the store, they went into the other room to wrap the gifts because mine was a surprise. The next day was the big day and my son took his gift to school along with the cards for the class. That evening I opened my gift and it was a box of LEGOs! I thought the gift was a little immature for my taste. I thanked my son’s father for my gift and even implied that he could’ve come up with something more to my taste.

The next day I received a call from my son’s teacher telling me that the girl’s mother didn’t appreciate my son buying her daughter a set of lingerie. I was in total shock! I was able to contact the girl’s mother to explain the mix-up; she thought it was quite hilarious. We were able to swap gifts and everything turned out fine.

Isabel Chapa's story

I remember being new in this country and not knowing about Valentine’s Day. I was in first grade and at home sick with chicken pox.

Being an only child raised by my grandparents I felt sick and lonely. There was a knock on my door and a friend from my class handed me a brown bag the class had sent me.

I saw a bunch of cute little cards and treats that day and I felt so special! I couldn’t wait to go back to school and thank everyone for being so thoughtful.

Back in school I heard a classmate say, “What? We celebrate Valentine’s Day every year like this!” And I thought to myself, I’m going to love living in this country.

Candice Hanusin's story

On Feb. 14, 1998, my new boyfriend Kevin and I had been dating a few months when he finally trusted me to drive his Jeep for the first time. As he handed me the keys, he smiled and said, "We're not going to get in an accident are we?" I laughed and took the keys. We left my mom's house and less than five minutes later we were rear ended as we sat stopped at a traffic light. Kevin looked over at me with the most incredulous of looks before we got out to check the damage. The car that hit us was totaled, while the Jeep sustained no damage. After the officer completed the report, I expected Kevin to take the keys back and take me home. He didn't though. I don't remember where we went that first Valentine's, but we married a year later on Feb. 13, 1999, and will celebrate 15 years of marriage this year.

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