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High school senior awarded for athletic, academic achievements

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WHITEVILLE -- A high school senior in Whiteville is on her way to getting a Heisman trophy. No, she's not a football star. She's being honored for her achievements in athletics and in the classroom. "I just applied for it, I never knew it would go this far." Waccamaw Academy senior Caroline Scott was chosen from more than 32,000 applicants for the Wendy's High School Heisman award. Each year two outstanding high school students are chosen from each state based on their achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. Scott said, "It's hard to believe, when I made it to the state finalists, that was an accomplishment within itself, and then just to be the final one, it's amazing -- it really is." Scott's parents encouraged their daughter along the way, and so have many others. Proud parents Gay and Neil Scott said, "Her coaches, everyone from piano instructors to her grandparents, to her pastors, all of whom have played such a big role, far beyond what we could accomplish as a couple." With her award comes a $10,000 grant given to her school. Headmaster Willie Edwards says Scott is a model student. Edwards said, "She's just been a joy. She does such a good job in the classroom, good job on the courts, and her attitude is her best quality of all." Scott plans to apply for college in the next few months and hopes her hard work in high school will pay off. North Carolina's other state winner is Daniel Stallsmith of Huntersville. Daniel and Caroline will compete with winners from around the country for the national award.

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