High Schooler Wins Online Pearl Contest

Inspired by Linda McGill's 1998 AGTA/Platinum Guild International Award-winning pendant set with a pistachio Tahitian pearl, Cheryl Bock asked her daughter Hallie (pronounced HAY-lee) to search the Internet for information on Tahitian pearls. When the 15-year-old high school freshman found Perles de Tahiti's Web site (tahiti-blackpearls.com) and its win-a-pearl contest, she convinced everyone in her family to enter. Mom Cheryl Bock, 43, a genetic engineer at Duke University; dad Randy Bock, 53, a chemist; 11-year old brother Anthony; sister Rhiannon, 18, a college student; and sister Jiselle, 17, a high school senior, all e-mailed their answers to the quiz. Five of the six family members answered all 10 questions correctly, which gave the Bocks a 50-50 chance to win the pearl. (There also were five perfect-score entries from France.) Hallie's name was drawn, and she became the youngest

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