"I see the same problems every day that are wrong with it," she said. "I felt like if I stood up and said something like this then maybe people would hear it."
Black's mom is a teacher, and she also hopes to become one some day - though she's also interested in the prospect of politics. She wants to "be in a position to make a difference."
In the end, Black's presentation won out. She won a $4,000 scholarship that she can choose to use at West Virginia State University, University of Charleston or West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
She hasn't decided yet where she'll use it.
"I'm only a sophomore," she said. "So I still have a lot of time."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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