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A Miami Valley high school student who lost her mother in 2010 but found comfort through visiting with her school guidance counselor and helping others through volunteering, will receive four years of free tuition to Wright State.
Under the guise of participating in a news conference for contest finalists, Karissa Kelly and her family were surprised by the news at a news conference June 12 in the Millett Hall atrium on Wright State's campus.
In 500 words or less, Kelly, of Clayton, Ohio shared that her mother died while she was a sophomore in high school. In her essay she wrote that by turning to her high school guidance counselor for help she found her calling, and by dedicating herself to many volunteer projects at Northmont High School, she found much more.
"I really want to help people. I feel like everybody needs somebody who can just listen or help you in different ways if you need it, and I want to be that for other people," said Kelly. "That's just how I was raised. My mom was big on that."