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Cheboi is CNN's Hero of the Year

A woman from Kenya, and who graduated from Augustana College, has been named CNN's Hero of the Year.

Nelly Cheboi is the founder of Tech-Lit Africa which collects donated computers from American schools, and ships them to rural schools in Kenya.

The announcement was made during a live program honoring ten nominees for this year's CNN Hero of the Year.

She will receive 100,000 dollars to support her work, plus additional grants totaling 500,000 dollars.

In an interview during the nationwide voting for Hero of the Year, Cheboi said students in Kenya use the donated computers to learn coding and how to build websites.

"So I started TechLit Africa because I saw the potential you could get with technology so I was thinking about teaching people in rural Kenya, teaching them digital skills, enough for them to work remotely all over the world."

And she said if she won, she'd spend the money on living wages for the staff of TechLit Africa who currently volunteer.

She is the second Hero of the Year with ties to the Quad Cities. Chad Pregracke won in 2013 - he is the founder of the environmental group Living Lands and Waters.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.