Tommy Molter, a fifth-grader at Pitt School Road Elementary School in Concord and one of three winners in the Ellis Jewelers Future Designer Contest, had a special reason for his design.
Tommy, who has Tourette syndrome, created a design to inspire others to learn more about Tourette and raise awareness. In his ring design, the word inspire is inscribed on the top.
My intent is to inspire people to ask me about my design and what it stands for so that I can teach everyone about what it means to have and live with Tourette syndrome (TS)," he wrote. The word inspire is the motto of the TS community.
In its current design phase, the ring will be brought to life in the form of a pendant. The decision was made to change Tommys design from a ring to a pendant to make help his message more visible.
The Concord stores second annual contest, which received 118 entries this year, offers three Cabarrus County students a chance to create, design and receive their own custom-designed pieces of jewelry.
The high school winner is Jordan Mesimer of Northwest Cabarrus High School, and the middle school winner is Stephan Dimusto of Hickory Ridge Middle School.