NY teen wins 1st prize for Bubble Wrap invention

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5/23/2011 12:34:10 PM - AP News
AVA, N.Y. (AP) — A 13-year-old central New York girl's ingenuity with Bubble Wrap has earned her the top prize in an invention competition sponsored by the maker of the packaging product.Elmwood Park, N.J.-based of Sealed Air Corp. announced Monday that Lillith Bulawa (BUHL'-uh-wuh) of Ava won the grand prize in the fifth annual Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors.After reading about Americans who lost crops to recent flooding, Bulawa designed a self-watering garden that sits in a box atop a raft made of Bubble Wrap.Her invention won her a $10,000 savings bond. She's a seventh-grader at Lyndon H. Strough (strow) Middle School in Rome.Bulawa received the award at a ceremony Saturday in New York City. The nationwide competition is open to students in grades six through eight.