Reno Boy Wins $1,000 Scholarship for Big Cabbage

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno boy is the recipient of a $1,000 college scholarship, - thanks to his knack for growing a big cabbage.

Christopher Ristine was the 2007 Nevada winner in an annual competition sponsored by Bonnie Plants - an Alabama-based supplier
of vegetable stock plants, flowers, herbs and seeds.

Each year, the company provides plants of its "oversize" cabbage variety to third-grade students across the country at their teachers' request. Students plant and care of the vegetable until it is picked. Many are the size of basketballs.

The student who grows the largest head in each state wins the scholarship.

The company says the program is designed to spur children's interest in gardening.

Ristine attends Roy Gomm Elementary School.

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