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Liberty High School Student Wins 2017 FirstEnergy All-American Soapbox Derby World Championship

Places First in Local Superstock Division

LIBERTY, N.Y. (July 28, 2017) – The 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soapbox Derby World Championship wrapped up July 22 in Akron, Ohio and one of the drivers that took home a world championship hails from Liberty.

Brianna Roth, a 15-year-old Liberty High School student, placed first in the Local Superstock Division of the annual event which takes place in Akron, Ohio each year. Brianna Roth won the local race at the 6th annual Soapbox Derby held in Liberty back in May, which made her eligible to compete in the FirstEnergy All-American Soapbox Derby World Championship. This year the event had over 425 worldwide participants.

“We are thrilled to bring home this championship to the Town of Liberty,” said Brianna Roth’s mom Melissa Diehl. “Brianna worked so hard for this and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Brianna was awarded with a championship trophy and ring, as well as a $3,000 scholarship at a special awards banquet following the race. The car, named MOJO, that Brianna raced in is owned by Morgan Van Keuren, who has previously raced the same car for many years. Morgan Van Keuren was also Brianna’s car handler during the race in Ohio.

“We are so excited for Brianna’s world championship win,” said Town of Liberty’s Interim Supervisor Russell Reeves. “Our local Soapbox Derby earlier this year is a great community event and we were pleased to hear that Brianna not only qualified for the All-American Soapbox Derby World Championship in Ohio but also that she brought home a big win.”

For more information, call 845-292-7690 or visit the Town of Liberty’s website: www.townofliberty.org.

About Liberty, N.Y.

Located at the crossroads of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley region, Liberty is just 90 minutes from New York City. Known for its top notch trails and parks, Liberty is an ideal weekend getaway. Nationally recognized for its award winning school district, those who visit choose to stay. And with its business-friendly climate and strategic location, Liberty is an ideal place to do business. Liberty, New York: live here, play here and do business here!

Liberty Teen Takes Home World Championship at FirstEnergy All-American Soapbox Derby
Liberty Teen Takes Home World Championship at FirstEnergy All-American Soapbox Derby.