Jessica Faasavalu: Utah teen gives a car she won as a prize to her best friend

(KSL/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A Utah high school senior entered a contest to win a car, but her winning wasn't the biggest surprise. Instead of keeping the prize, she gave it to someone who she thought needed it more.

Jessica Faasavalu's English teacher asked her to enter an essay on 'Why You Need a New Car' into a yearly contest held by the school. The winner would receive 2007 Mazda 3 from Bountiful Mazda.

Faasavalu, however, already had her own car.

As Faasavalu began writing she decided she couldn't submit her entry on her own behalf.

“This isn’t right. I can’t say I need this car, because I don’t, and I just twirled around in my chair and thought, 'Ya know, Kennedee needs this car,'” said Faasavalu.

Kennedee Black, also a Woods Cross High School grad, and Faasavalu have been friends since they were 2. Kennedee doesn’t own a car.

“I erased what I had written and wrote another one,” said Faasavalu.

During the teen’s senior school party, an announcement was made that Faasavalu’s essay had won.

“I didn’t have words to say,” said Black. “I bawled for two days straight.”

The only problem, Black didn’t know how to drive a manual operated car. Faasavalu spent the next week teaching her.

“She’s more than a friend to me," Black said. "She’s definitely a sister."



Read the winning essay here: http://bit.ly/1pS6NsE


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