Draw the Lines PA

Kyle Hynes of State College won first place in the central region's youth division.
Arthur Goldschmidt

State High sophomore Kyle Hynes is taking home $5,000 for his first-place finish in the Draw the Lines PA’s youth division.

The 15-year-old said he’ll be practical with the winnings.

“Probably put it away for college and just further in life," Hynes said. "I don’t have as much of a need for it right now.”

The competition asked participants to submit maps outlining congressional districts. Contest organizers announced the statewide winners Wednesday during a ceremony at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

Kyle Hynes' map won first place in the central region's youth division.
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Update at noon on Feb. 6, 2019: 

Kyle Hynes won first place statewide in the youth division. The Penn State geography class led by Prof. Chris Fowler won first place statewide in the higher education division.

Original Story:  

He’s not old enough to cast a ballot, but that hasn’t stopped 15-year-old Kyle Hynes from redrawing the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts.