With over 334,043 votes cast by 212,655 students in 106 countries, March Madness 2008 has come to a close.
The winner of Zinch’s first annual Sweet Diggity Dawg competition (and a $20,000 scholarship for college) is Kayleen Hannaway, a senior from Philomath High School in Philomath, Oregon.
To win in the final round, Kayleen edged out Phuong Duong, another incredible student and a formidable competitor, by a vote of 7,236 to 6,492.
After speaking with Kayleen (and her super cool guidance counselor, Beth Edgemon), I learned that an assembly was held this morning at school to recognize Kayleen and the incredible work she and her friends did to get this far. Congrats guys — you deserve it.
As the 2008 Sweet Diggity Dawg recipient, Kayleen will represent students all over the country in their quest to be identified as people, and not just test scores. As you can imagine, this is no small task, so please leave her a shout out in the comments.
While you’ll be hearing more about Kayleen (and from her — interview coming soon!) over the next few days, here is a brief look at the 2008 Sweet Diggity Dawg:
Kayleen will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall, where she was accepted early decision. Currently, Kayleen plays varsity softball and volleyball for Philomath High School, where she is also a member of the jazz band. At Vanderbilt, she plans to study Neuroscience and Childhood Psychology (and to minor in the bassoon — cool, right?). After college, she plans to continue her research into the effects of autism on childhood brain development.
Yea, she’s pretty sweet. If you haven’t already, you should probably take this time to send her a dweeb request before everyone else tries to.
For those of you who don’t already know, Zinch sponsors a number of scholarships, but the Sweet Diggity Dawg Award is the largest and most prestigious among them. It is awarded annually to the student that best exemplifies the Zinch motto, “I am more than a test score” as voted by their peers.
In order to apply for next year’s Zinch Sweet Diggity Dawg Award, you must be a current high school student with a complete profile on Zinch and a GPA above 2.0. Still unsure what to do? Just sign up here.
Finally, congratulations to all of the candidates. We here at Zinch were incredibly impressed with each of you and have high hopes (and expectations) for what you will achieve in the years to come. If we can help you, let us know, and in the meantime please give a warm congratulations to Kayleen Hannaway, the 2008 Zinch Sweet Diggity Dawg!