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Poly Student Earns $20K for 21 Words

Poly student Amanda Russell may be one of the highest paid writers in the nation, at least on a per word basis.  The student won a $20,000 scholarship with 21 words in a KFC “tweeting” contest.

The student’s winning tweet was:  “Hey, Colonel!  Your scholarship’s the secret ingredient missing from my recipe for success!  Got the grades, drive, just need the cash!”

The 17-year-old bested more than 2,800 other applicants.

“I am so excited.  I just can’t believe it,” Russell said in news reports.

Russell is considering a medical career.  She competes on the school’s swim team, loves to scuba dive and volunteers at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

KFC is accepting applications for 2011 scholarships through Feb. 9.  Learn more at