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5 WV students win full-ride college scholarships in Do It For Babydog sweepstakes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An 8th grade cheerleader at John Adams Middle School in Charleston is one of the latest winners in Governor Jim Justice’s second round of “Do It For Babydog” COVID-19 vaccination sweepstakes.

The governor and his pet English bulldog arrived at the school Thursday morning to greet Maggie Hill and her classmates. Hill received a full-ride four year scholarship to any public college or university in the state of her choice.

“I’m really happy,” Hill told reporters.

Hill said she was confused when she was notified to meet the principal outside.

“I thought I was in trouble,” she laughed.

She had her fingers crossed after hearing the principal’s morning announcements.

“He told me this morning that one of us was going to have a really good day today and I said I hope it was me,” Hill said.

When asked if she knows where she wants to go to college, Hill said that decision will come at a later time. Right now, she’s focused on high school, but that it’s a relief knowing she has the money to continue her education.

“I have a while, so I still have time to think about it,” she said.

Hill won the scholarship because she decided to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Chazz Grady from Poca High School, Benjamin Currence of Buckhannon, Samuel Smith of Charleston, and Danielle Stephenson of Charles Town also won scholarships, which includes room and board, tuition, and books; a prize valued at over $100,000.

The governor announced the winners of other prizes Thursday including $150,000 toward a dream wedding, a luxury high-end sports car, a new boat, free gas for 10 years, a premium ATV, season passes to a West Virginia ski resort and more.

Below is a list of prize winners as of 1 p.m. Thursday. Others will be announced throughout the day. It was the fourth of six weeks of giveaways.

Full Ride College Scholarship Winners
Benjamin Currence, Buckhannon
Samuel Smith, Charleston
Danielle Stephenson, Charles Town
Maggie Hill, Charleston
Chazz Grady, St. Albans

Luxury High-End Sports Car Winner
Kassidy Wolfe, Morgantown

Custom Fishing Boat / Pontoon Boat Winner
Bruce Kesterson, Davisville

$150,000 Dream Wedding Winner
Mathew Furbee, Fairmont

Free Gas for 10 Years Winners
Patrick Dye, Big Bend
Homer Pierce, Weirton

Premium ATV / Side-by-Side Winners
Natalie Morgan, New Haven
Travis Bayes, Wheeling

Top-of-the-line Zero Turn Lawn Mower Winners
Jodi Campbell, Belle
Carli Withrow, Scott Depot

WVU Football/Basketball Season Ticket Package Winners
Kim Athey, Kearneysville
Genia Byus, Point Pleasant
Larry Hylton, Fairmont

Marshall Football/Basketball Season Ticket Package Winners
Aaron Ferrari, Clendenin
Robin Skeens, West Hamlin
Robert Springer, Moundsville

Ski Resort Season Passes Winners
Harold Arbaugh, Ansted
Kimberly Davidson, Bridgeport
Bernard Farrell, Newburg
Rose Preston, Secondcreek
Alison Mosby, Charleston

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