Todd Brantley and Rhonda Wilson said they believe in the power of prayer.
The couple said that when they heard their daughter Krista Brantley's name called as one of the last two finalists in The Augusta Chronicle Make Kids Count $10,000 scholarship contest, they thanked Jesus.
"I know I'm going to win because we've been praying," said the 11-year-old Martinez Elementary School fifth-grader, who plans to use her winnings toward college so she can be a dental hygienist or a nurse.
"We pray every time," her mother said. "God sure answers prayers."
The drawing, held Friday outside contest sponsor Partners in Achievement on Columbia Road, narrowed the semifinalists from four to two in the 9- to 12-year-old category. The other finalist is Grant Dekle.
Darren Scheyer, a co-owner of Partners in Achievement, said he's proud to be involved with the competition.
"We've been a part of Make Kids Count since the beginning and have been thrilled with it," he said.
Don Bailey, the president of The Chronicle, said the two semifinalists not chosen, Rashaud Lee and Madeline Myers, will receive $1,000 savings bonds.
Other Make Kids Count sponsors are Ashley Furniture, the Augusta Lynx, Champion Window Co., Gold Mech Heating and Air Conditioning, Knology, Platt's Funeral Home and the Augusta Spartans.
Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final Make Kids Count scholarship drawing for the 9- to 12-year-old category for the $10,000 grand prize will be March 30 at the Augusta Lynx game in Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.