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$10,000 awarded to Aurora, IL Metea Valley High School student can be used for college, help with medical bills, house down payment


CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago-area high school student is receiving a special $10,000 surprise. It’s thanks to someone she doesn’t even know. The student will be able to cash the check to help pay for college, medical bills, donate to charity, or make a down payment on a first home.

On Friday, Keith Melaragno, a retired Chicago executive who has given back to charities and helped children and young student athletes for decades and Emely Oviedo, a former student athlete at Bloom Township High School and now a junior at the Governors State University previewed the special scholarship surprise on ABC 7 at 7 a.m.

At approximately 8:45 a.m., Jocelyn Grabow, who attends Metea Valley High School in Aurora, was announced as the recipient of the “Making A Difference On & Off The Field” award, presented by Buddy’s HELPERS.

Grabow has a weighted cumulative GPA of 4.3095 and has been on the honor roll since 2018. She has achieved a GPA of 3.6 or higher in every high school semester to date. Grabow has also been part of Metea Valley High School girls soccer team since 2019.

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