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Batavia teen wins national invention contest, $250K grand prize

Andrew Young, 14, is one of thousands of people who entered their creative ideas to solve everyday problems as part of the first-ever Frito-Lay’s Dreamvention contest. (Photo: Ketchum PR)

Batavia, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Toaster Shooter is the big winner.

Andrew Young, a 14-year-old young man from Batavia, has won a national contest featuring inventions. Andrew won a $250,000 grand prize.

Young was one of thousands of people who entered their creative ideas to solve everyday problems as part of the first-ever Frito-Lay’s Dreamvention contest. He was deemed one of five finalists in October.

The idea came from Andrew's grandmother, who saw her grandson burning himself while trying to get his toast out of the toaster. After burning himself and getting in trouble with his mom after sticking a metal fork in the toaster, it was decided he needed to invent something that could help retrieve toast with a lot more ease and less risk.

Thus, the idea for the “Toaster Shooter” was born.

Voting was opened up to the public until November 27 at which time the finalist was chosen.

The My Dreamvention contest is sponsored by Frito-Lay.

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