11-year-old Arkansas boy wins USA Mullet championship

Child hopes to donate winnings to foster care
11 year old Allan Baltz of Jonesboro was participating in the 2021 USA Mullet Championship.
11 year old Allan Baltz of Jonesboro was participating in the 2021 USA Mullet Championship.(Source: Lesli Baltz)
Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 4:18 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 at 7:11 PM EDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Jonesboro boy won a nationwide contest Wednesday by helping other children like him.

According to a Facebook post from the USA Mullet Championships, Allan Baltz won the title by nearly 900 votes over the next closest competitor.

Here are the final voting totals for our 2021 Kids and Teen divisions. Thank you once again to all those who voted for...

Posted by USA Mullet Championships on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Baltz has been participating in the 2021 USA Mullet Kids Championship.

On Sunday, Baltz moved into first place in the national contest.

Baltz’s mother, Lesli, said her son has faced many battles in his young life. Allan was placed in their home as a foster child when he was four years old.

“His story, to that point, was horrific. In addition, he has a rare genetic syndrome (X-linked Opitz G/BBB Syndrome) that affected development of the midline of his entire body in utero. He has all of the associated symptoms with abnormalities in his brain, heart, larynx,” Lesli Baltz said. “He’s had 3 surgeries and countless hours of therapy to improve his speech and motor skills.”

His mother said growing a mullet provided an opportunity for her son to give back.

“He is also the most emphatic human I know. He has a ridiculous mullet now, and when he realized a mullet contest has a cash reward, his first words were ‘If I do it, then I can give the money to kids in foster care,” Lesli Baltz said. “The boy we adopted through foster care instantly wanting to give back ... no thought of what he could get for himself by winning.”

The child’s volunteerism also drew the support of A-State Chancellor Kelly Damphousse.

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