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Hooper selected in Make Kids Count drawing

Samantha Hooper now has a financial leg up for her future education, thanks to the Make Kids Count scholarship contest drawing for 9- to-10-year-olds.

"This is the furthest I've been," said Samantha, winner of the $10,000 scholarship bond.

With their families at their side, Samantha and one other finalist stood in the middle of a sold-out arena Saturday night during halftime at the Augusta Spartans football game for the final drawing.

They were the only two left in a contest that began in January with more than 200 entries.

The Make Kids Count program, sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle, was launched in June 2003, and has awarded $280,000 in scholarship funds, benefiting more than 240 children.

Though only 10 years old, Samantha - whose family lives in Thomson - knows what she wants to be when she grows up, and she knows her desired career requires an education.

Samantha - smiling broadly and holding her check - announced she wanted to be a preschool teacher.

Other contest sponsors are Ashley Furniture Home Store, Champion Window Co., SCANA Energy, Platt's Funeral Home, Partners in Achievement, the Augusta Spartans and Knology.

Web posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007

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