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 Forty Students Earn Laptops in Essay Contest

Forty graduating seniors from high schools throughout the county earned a new laptop in the 12th annual San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and Coca-Cola Laptop Scholarship essay contest.

More than 400 students have received brand new laptops through the partnership between MTS, Coca-Cola and the San Diego County Office of Education.

“This program is a way of giving back to the community by helping students get the tools they need to be successful," said Paul Jablonski, chief executive officer of MTS. “It’s also a way to get them thinking about public transit and encourage them to become riders or even consider it as a future career.”

The San Diego County Office of Education helped spread the word about the scholarship program to local school districts. Students wrote a 1,000-word essay about how public transit can benefit the region and people of San Diego County. 

The laptops were given to the students at a small ceremony May 30 at MTS headquarters in San Diego’s East Village. The graduating seniors shared what their plans were after high school. Plans included attending Stanford, Sonoma State and Southwestern College.