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Joey Szorosy loved duck hunting.

One year, he even won a duck calling contest at Camp Woodie, a summer camp established by the South Carolina Waterfowl Association.

His parents, Joe and Jennifer Szorosy, want other children to experience the same joy that Camp Woodie brought their only child.

As a result, they’ve paid for two scholarships -- one for a junior camper, one for a senior camper -- to attend a week of Camp Woodie this summer.

Jennifer Szorosy said she and her husband are thankful for the opportunity to help other youths.

“We did it because Joey loved Camp Woodie,” she said.

She said her son loved all that Camp Woodie offered -- especially interacting with other campers.

“Duck hunting was an avid passion of his, so going to Camp Woodie was an exciting time for him,” she said.

Joey was killed in a motor vehicle collision on March 25, 2018 on Fredcon Road near Eutawville. He was 17 and a student at Dorchester Academy.

He attended Camp Woodie twice as a senior camper and once as a counselor in training, his mother said.

The S.C. Waterfowl Association will award the scholarships to the winners of a writing contest.

Camp Woodie, located in Pinewood, offers opportunities for boys and girls from 8 to 16 years old.

To learn more about Camp Woodie, visit www.wildlifeedcenter.org/camp-woodie/.

The writing contest is open to all children ages 8 to 16.

The S.C. Waterfowl Association will award one scholarship to a camper between the ages of 8 to 11 and another scholarship to a camper between the ages of 12 to 16.

To enter the contest, the child must write an essay with no fewer than 500 words about why he or she would like to have the opportunity to earn a scholarship for a week at Camp Woodie and what a week at Camp Woodie would mean to them.

The essay must include the camper’s name, age and an email address to contact, should their essay be selected.

The deadline to submit a camper essay is May 24, 2019.

To submit a camper essay, email the document to campwoodie@scwa.org. Any submissions that are not emailed to campwoodie@scwa.org will not be accepted.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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