Local girl wins national Toys ‘R' Us competition

She was sworn into office Monday, kicking off her inaugural year of testing, reviewing, and playing with the hottest new toys and games for Toys 'R' Us.

SWANSEA, Ill. – A 10-year-old girl from Swansea, Illinois, is now the first-ever Toys ‘R’ Us ‘President of Play’ after winning a nationwide contest.

Ariana Gentry will be sworn into her new position Monday, kicking off her inaugural year of testing, reviewing, and playing with the hottest new toys and games for Toys ‘R’ Us.

Related: Local girl is finalist in national Toys 'R' Us competition

“I can’t believe I’m the first-ever President of Play! This is my dream come true and I’m so excited to play with all the new toys and work for Toys“R”Us – the biggest and best toy company in the world,” Ariana said.

In addition to being the company’s newest toy-tester, Ariana will also be the spokesperson for Toys ‘R’ Us at events and anywhere they need a real kid’s input.

To win the nationwide contest, Ariana had to first create and submit a video of her reviewing her favorite toy. Contestants, who had to be between the ages of nine and 13, were judged on personality, public speaking ability, and toy enthusiasm. Ariana’s video got her into the top 10!

WATCH: Ariana's video submission

After being chosen for the top ten, Ariana and her mom, Tammy, flew to New Jersey where she was interviewed by the top Toys ‘R’ Us executives. Ariana’s charisma won them over, landing her in the top three.

Ariana was elected as the new ‘President of Play’ after gaining the most votes on Twitter by using the hashtags #PresidentofPlay and #TRUElectionariana.

Congratulations, Ariana!


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