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Cheerleading scholarship given in honor of Nina Poeta

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Cheerleading scholarship was given in honor of Nina Poeta. (WFSB) Cheerleading scholarship was given in honor of Nina Poeta. (WFSB)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

A Seymour teenager is living on through a scholarship fund that gives money to a Connecticut cheerleader in her honor.

Dorie and John Poeta gave away a $1,000 scholarship on Friday to Middletown senior Alyssa Salafia.

It’s in honor of their daughter Nina, who died in 2014 at the age of 17, after a courageous battle with a brain tumor.

Salafia just made the cheerleading squad at Central Connecticut State University where she’ll attend next year.

Salafia told Eyewitness News this award was a big surprise and she’s thrilled to be honored.

“I got a call. Well, actually my mom got a call a few days ago that said I was chosen,” Salafia said. “But I thought it was just a school scholarship. So I had no clue.”

“I just feel like Nina has touched so many lives and we’re just never going to know where the ripple is going to end and I feel like she left a trail of glitter,” Dorie Poeta said.

This is the second year that the Poeta family gave the scholarship award to a cheerleader.

When Nina was sick, the cheerleading community rallied around her and her family raising tens of thousands of dollars to help pay for medical bills.

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