A senior at Murrah High School was surprised while sitting in class Tuesday morning. Kenya Odems will now be heading to college next fall with a free laptop computer.
The announcement inspired cheers from classmates as the unsuspecting Odems was presented The computer. She was eligible for the laptop giveaway, because she applied for FAFSA.
Odems was elated after the presentation and tried to put the experience into words.
"Blessing, blessing, blessing," Odems reiterated. "That's one thing my parents don't have to pay for. Very excited!"
The award is made possible through a collaborative effort which involves Parents for Public Schools of Jackson, Education Services Foundation, and Tatum & Wade Attorneys at Law. Thandi Wade, who's law firm has been donating the computer for the last seven years, shared with the students what this opportunity means.
"Computers can be used for more than Facebook and Twitter," Wade said with a touch of sarcasm. "Believe it or not, they can be used for English and history papers. We think it's a great start for a young college student."
Odems said she is planning on going to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg next fall and wants to major in nursing.
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