Northern High School Graduate Proves It's Cool To Be Smart

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A 2014 Northern High School graduate is heading to college in a brand new Toyota Corolla.

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Koval won the car Sunday as part of the Guilford Education Alliance's 'Cool To Be Smart' event.

The annual event rewards Guilford County Students for taking and passing rigorous classes and achieving excellence in the classroom.

Koval was one of 663 students who were eligible for the event; a record number for GCS. To qualify, students had to earn passing scores in at least five Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams. Students could also receive a B or better in at least five qualifying college courses.

With so many students up for the same prize, Olivia was shocked when she turned the key.

"At first I thought I did something wrong when the horn started going off. And then when the streamers and confetti came down, I was like, I won," said Koval who's smile is just as big as the day she won it.

Koval drove her new car to the WFMY News 2 studios to talk about the experience. But we asked her mom, Dana to join in, because who better brag about a child then their mother.

"Olivia, who passed six AP exams, she worked hard and she's going to NC State University next week. We are very proud of her," explained Koval's mom.

The car, a donation from Rice Toyota in Greensboro was the top prize, but there were several others. Forty-five students won prizes from Apple. All students who attended the event walked away with a $15 iTunes gift card and their distinguished scholar diploma.

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