Jessica Faasavalu is a high school student. She drives an old car and was told by her English teacher that she should enter an essay contest being held by the local Mazda dealership to win a car!
While Jessica ended up winning the contest, she never wanted the car for herself. She initially wrote an essay on the topic ‘Why You Need a New Car’ about why she needs a new car, but then decided to erase it and start over. The essay she submitted to the contest is below:
“I Would Love to Win… But Not For Me
I would love to win the car, but if I did, I would give it to my friend, Kennedee Black. I understand that that is not what I’m supposed to write about — I know I’m supposed to tell you why I should win the car, but as I was beginning my essay, I realized that I don’t need the car, Kennedee does.
I have a car. It’s old, but it works. My family is not financially sound, but we have enough to make us happy, and while a new, stylish car would make us all happier, we don’t need it.
Kennedee is a senior at Woods Cross High School. She was never on the high honor or honor rolls, she was never on the honors citizenship roll, and she doesn’t have a great attendance streak. She is not what teachers would call the “stellar student,” but she has been through more than any of the students and teachers realize.
Many people judge her, but she is doing everything she physically can. Kennedee has had substantial medical, family and other issues that have made it so that her financial and filial situation is rocky. She has taken classes at Viewmont High School to complete her CNA certificate so that she could begin working at The Legacy House Retirement Home in Bountiful. She has worked with her school counselor to enroll in classes so that she could work towards graduation. She has missed a lot of school because of medical reasons and work, but she has gone to her teachers and works hard to complete as much missing work as she can in order to keep her grades above failing. She has worked more than 30 hours, and sometimes more than 40 hours a week to help her mother support her brothers at home.
I know that I might not win by telling Bountiful Mazda to not give me the car, but to give it to Kennedee. Kenn has been my friend for so long and she’s been through so much, that I feel like the least I can do is try to give her a chance at owning her own car to get her to her job, help her mom run errands or carpools, and have a little freedom for herself.”
At the high school’s senior party, it was announced that Jessica had won the essay contest and the 2007 Mazda 3 that was being given away. When her best friend since the age of 2, Kennedee Black, found out that she would be the lucky recipient of the car Jessica had just won for her, she began to cry! She said, “I didn’t have words to say. I bawled for two days straight.”
While Kennedee initially didn’t know how to drive a car with a manual transmission, she quickly learned how and simply loves her new car.
Jessica Faasavalu is a great friend to have and truly a boss! As Kennedee put it, “She’s more than a friend to me. She’s definitely a sister.”
And just in case this one story of a teen’s generosity doesn’t restore your faith in humanity and high school kids, then check out this almot identical story from last year we dug up!