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Waterloo sisters go east on big scholarships

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) -- Marissa and Arielle Thornton of Waterloo are in an enviable position few high school seniors can relate to: They have too much money for college.

 

The sisters, who graduated from Waterloo's West High School on Friday, went into overdrive applying for scholarships -- and it paid off.

Marissa is heading to Boston College on a $480,000 Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship. Arielle has received a $56,000 full-ride scholarship to Georgetown University that will be renewed annually.

They have also been awarded $176,000 in other scholarships.

The school's guidance counselor says the girls earned the scholarships with their volunteer work and good grades.

Marissa plans to major in communications and education before going to law school. Arielle plans to major in Arabic and linguistics before getting a graduate degree in international relations.

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