Young inventor invited to D.C.

Staff reports

TIPP CITY — One young, local inventor has been invited to showcase her award-winning invention at a national convention.

In order to make this dream a reality, Jianna Nichols, a fifth-grader at L.T. Ball in Tipp City, and her mom, Jewel, are asking the community for help in raising enough money to get to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

This year the first ever National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo will be hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., on May 19-21. The cost for Jianna and her mother to attend the convention is $1,120.

“I love inventing things because I believe I can help better the world in some way,” Jianna said.

She is one of just 20 students from Southwestern Ohio invited to represent the state at the national convention.

Jianna’s latest invention is the “Magic Hairband,” a multi-purpose, tear-free hairband. It has an adjustment stopper to control tension and prevent headaches, and also helps to prevent knots.

“My invention helps kids like me and busy moms like my mom,” Jianna said.

Jianna competed at the Southwest Regional Competition on April 23 at Central State University and won a superior award for the “Magic Hairband,” earning her an invitation to advance to the national competition.

Ohio has the largest Invention Convention program in the country, and will be sending 42 invitees from its three regions to the nationals, Veronica Lynagh, Invention Convention executive director, said.

The Invention Convention is a program of the Ohio Academy of Science. More than 25,000 students across the state participate in the program each year.

“When I grow up I want to open an invention company and help out kids like me to make their dreams come true,” Jianna said. “I want to give back someday.”

For more information on how you can help Jianna achieve her goal of representing Ohio at the national convention, contact Jewel Nichols at (937) 668-1093 or before May 6.