Lana Knuth's 2 pm afternoon AVID class at Emporia High had a bit of a break Friday afternoon.
Reason being? Senior Jennifer Lieurance was handed a big $500 check after she was named the winner of the second annual KVOE-Dr. Pepper 10 Tuition Scholarship Giveaway on Tuesday.
This is Lieurance's first scholarship in hand as she prepares for college. She was "pretty shocked" when she was announced Tuesday as the winner.
Lieurance has been part of the high school AVID program four years, also participating in the Spartan Pride color guard and mentoring at Emporia Middle School. After high school, she plans to pursue a psychology degree, perhaps at Pittsburg State, and she plans to focus on child therapy to help children who may be dealing with some of the challenges she has faced in her life.
Lieurance was nominated twice, with essays from Knuth and Lieurance's aunt, Sandy Fernandez.
Lieurance currently lives with her sister, Tanya Jobe, and Jobe's husband as she tries to graduate Emporia High with honors. Jobe is glad her sister won.
KVOE partnered with Pepsi on the promotion, and Pepsi representative Lauren Shaw says the company is proud to part of initiatives like this.
Over 200 applications were submitted for the second year of the program. High school juniors and senior were nominated by family, friends, teachers and education staffers who felt the students were deserving of scholarship money.