THUMBS UP to a pair of winners from Stow -- Maia Marchetti and Lois Schlademan.

Marchetti, a seventh-grader at Kimpton Middle School, placed fourth in the nation at the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge May 15.

Schlademan's recipe for peach puzzle was the grand prize winner in the Heirloom Recipe Preservation Contest, earning her a $10,000 prize.

Both Marchetti and Schlademan have given their community reasons to be proud.