School: Boulan Park Middle School in Troy
Hometown: Troy, Mich.
- Marissa is a straight-A student and has the unique distinction of being the only person selected as a “Make the Play” finalist two years in a row. A dancer since the age of four, Marissa’s video encourages Michigan residents to get healthier by challenging each other to a “dance battles.”
- Marissa accumulated her video footage, which includes her dancing with her brother at Somerset Mall and participating in a flash mob, over the past year, with the intent using it for the video contest.
- She attends seven different dance classes, 13 hours a week, and enjoys sharing her love of dance with others. She hopes her video will inspire others to get dancing, while reminding people that exercise can be fun.
- Marissa was lucky enough to meet Matthew Stafford last year when she was a finalist. She hopes to win the contest this year so that everybody at her school can share in the excitement and experience of meeting him too.