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DDN: Local Vax 2 School $10K winners ‘speechless’ and grinning ear to ear

Alena McCain

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Several local middle school, high school and college students were among the 150 winners announced this week for $10,000 scholarships from Ohio’s Vax-2-School lottery.

The last 30 winners of the $10,000 scholarships were announced Friday afternoon, and the grand prize winners of $100,000 scholarships named that evening.

Alena McCain, a Wright State University graduate student majoring in computer science, was announced as a $10,000 winner on Monday. McCain, of West Chester Twp. in Butler County, was vaccinated in April.

“I was honestly speechless,” McCain said after learning that she had won. “All I kept saying was this is crazy. I thought it was a scam at first because I never thought I would actually win.”

Jamestown resident Mitchell Link, also a Wright State grad student, was announced as a winner on the same day. Link is a first-year master’s student researching wetland soils for bulk density and microplastic concentrations, according to his university bio.