Student Rewarded Car for Attendance

Northwest ISD motivates students with car giveaway

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    A lucky North Texas high school student won the keys to a 2011 Chevy Camaro for making good grades and showing up to class.

    Northwest ISD is motivating students to stay in school with an annual car giveaway.

    A lucky North Texas high school student won the keys to a 2011 Chevy Camaro for making good grades and showing up to class.

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    The prize left Kenzie Deaton speechless.

    "It's just coming out as crying and happiness," Deaton said.  "I thought I was stuck with my mom's car."

    "Secondary students are notorious, sometimes, for becoming lax in their grades and attendance. This is a motivation tool for them to work on their grades," said Byron Nelson High School Principal Linda Parker.

    Byron Nelson High School, along with Northwest High School and Steele Accelerated High School participated in the incentive program. Friday's rain pushed drawing indoors, and school leaders went with their plan B.

    They drew the names of 25 lucky students from inside the district's TV studio. Students earned tickets throughout the year based on their academic performance. Better attendance and higher grades meant more chances to win.

    "We do a tally, and they receive their tickets, put their names on them, put them in the hopper, and cross their fingers and hope they win," Parker said.

    The catch is, only one of the 25 winners ends up with the donated car. This year's recipient must wait a while before driving off.
    Deaton is a high school freshman and is only 14.

    "I will probably let my parents drive it until they're ready, and then I'll take it back," Deaton said.

    The 24 runners-up each received a Dell Streak 7 Touch Screen Tablet.