Noureen Hoq, a student at Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School, submitted the winning theme for Hilliard's Fourth of July parade.
Hoq, 11, won a contest among the district's sixth-grade classes to select the 2013 theme. Her submission was, "Be True to the Red, White, and Blue."
"I never expected to win. ... I guess I was lucky," Hoq said.
Hoq said she used Google to search for "patriotic images" and then came up with the theme.
She said she loves Fourth of July parades, especially fireworks, and was eager to participate in the contest when it was announced.
Her family kept her success a secret for about two weeks.
Hoq's teacher first told her parents, Abul Hoq and Nargis Fatema, but they did not tell Noureen until the surprise was revealed at the school building.
The announcement was made in conjunction with a classroom pizza party Hoq received for the winning entry.
"I'm excited I won," Hoq said.