Name: Melissa

State: TX

Age: 11

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Question and Answer:

When did you start building with K'NEX?
I started building with K'NEX when I was 3 years old. I was playing with KID K'NEX.

How did you come up with the idea for your winning model?
I decided to build a mansion about two years ago, but this year I finally got around to doing it. I eventually had to change the dimensions and the name I had imagined when I realized our K'NEX supply was limited!

What has been your most challenging K'NEX creation?
The Backyard Playhouse has been the most challenging creation because half way through making it I had to take half of the model off and strengthen it because I had changed colors in the back of the model and the design was different as the different colors have a different length.

Do you have a favorite past K'NEXpert? If so, who?
Matthew of 2009, and Rachel of 2012.

How many siblings do you have? What are their age(s) and gender(s)?
Matthew is 17, Lori is 29, and Sheryl is 31.

Do they build with K'NEX too? Do you build models together?
My brother builds K'NEX but we usually don't build together. My sister Lori's children build with me though.

What are your favorite hobbies (besides building with K'NEX)?
I like to knit and sew and play with friends.

What is your favorite subject in school?
Writing and literature.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A teacher and a mother. What is the coolest part about being a 2013 K'NEXpert?Finding out you won! What advice do you have for other kids who want to be K'NEXperts?Start building in the summer so that when school starts you can focus on school.