If Ms. Poletti wins enough online votes for her backpack to become the "Audience Fan Favorite," it will be featured in the September issue of InStyle Magazine.
The Woodside Elementary School graduate is attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia, where she is working on a bachelor's of fine arts in accessory design.
"I am studying under top cobblers and handbag designers, in order to actually design, pattern, and hand produce my own creations," she said. Her white-pearlized lambskin and rabbit fur backpack, is in the French modern style, Ms. Poletti says, and is a finalist in the Best Student Made Handbag category.
Visit tinyurl.com/Bag-602 to view the handbag designs and vote before June 8.
Ms. Poletti, whose parents are Susan and Paul Poletti of Woodside, says she will be in New York City at the awards ceremony on June 13.
Visit tinyurl.com/Bag-603 to see a YouTube video about the competition.