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Downtown Indy names winner of 2021 Coloring Contest

A 12-year-old boy will now get to flip the switch to turn on the Circle of Lights.

INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time in years, the winner of the annual AES Indiana Coloring Contest is a boy. Jacob W., the 12-year-old son of an IBEW 481 member, will get the chance to flip the switch on the Circle of Lights Friday.

Jacob's artwork featured a classic Christmas character: the Grinch. In his picture, the Grinch is holding a lightbulb with "Hoosierville" inside, complete with the the Circle of Lights adorning Monument Circle.

In addition to flipping the switch, Jacob will get a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan with $529. The other four finalists will also get the college savings plan.

The annual Circle of Lights celebration returns as an in-person event in 2021. A made-for-TV special will also air exclusively on WTHR Channel 13 Friday at 7 p.m.

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