OU student from Broken Arrow could throw for $100,000 at BCS title game
BY MICHAEL OVERALL World Staff Writer
Thursday, January 03, 2013
1/03/13 at 5:41 AM
Watch the video See Kelsie Berg’s entry video for the contest.
BROKEN ARROW - With a $100,000 scholarship up for grabs, Kelsie Berg turned her ball cap sideways, looked straight into the camera and started rapping.
"Everybody knows the 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' right? So I rewrote the lyrics," Berg explained. "And it worked."
Just 10 minutes and three retakes later, Berg, 18, was ready to enter the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway, part of the pregame festivities at the BCS national championship football game.
Her rap was good enough to make Berg one of five nationwide finalists. She'll leave Friday for Florida to face the competition.
But instead of rapping, she'll need some football skills.
Standing five yards from the target, each student will have 30 seconds to throw as many balls as possible into a giant Dr Pepper can with a 2-foot hole in the side of it.
A preliminary round Saturday will narrow the five down to two finalists to compete on live television during the pregame show Monday night.
The winner will take home $100,000 in college tuition, with the runner-up settling for $23,000 in tuition.
The other three finalists will get $2,500 each for tuition.
A freshman at the University of Oklahoma, Berg is studying mass communications.
She hopes to go to law school at either OU or the University of Tulsa.
"I've always been interested in the law and anything to do with government," Berg said.
"The money would go a long way toward making it happen for me."
Win or lose, she'll still enjoy a weekend full of pregame parties, not to mention a seat at the game itself at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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University of Oklahoma freshman Kelsie Berg will compete for a chance to win $100,000 for tuition at the BCS national championship football game Monday by tossing as many footballs as she can through a target in 30 seconds. Her father made a practice target at their Broken Arrow home. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World