SEHS Senior Wins Ford Mustang!
|"...a very deserving winner."|
By: Pam Cox
May 22, 2008
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Brittany Way tries out the driver's seat of her 2000 Mustang GT, dontated by Coastal Chevrolet.
“They couldn’t have picked a more deserving person.” “She deserved to win.” These were some of the comments heard at South Effingham High School on Thursday, May 22nd when SEHS senior Brittany Way was chosen the lucky, but well-deserving winner of a “slightly used” 2000 Ford Mustang GT.
Principal Dan Noel randomly selected Way’s name from among the many students that were eligible for the drawing. In order to be included, students in 9th through 12th grade had to have no more than five absences for the year, no more than four discipline reports and, most importantly, no failing grades. Students like Way, with perfect attendance, outstanding grades and other accolades, had their name entered numerous times.
When asked what she thought about her new car, Way exclaimed, “I love it! I can’t believe this is my car!” Her friends and teachers were not the only ones excited for Brittany.
“I almost cried when I drew her name,” stated Noel. “I knew that Brittany didn’t already have a car and didn’t even have her driver’s license yet because she didn’t have a car!” Noel agreed with everyone that Way was a very deserving winner.
In addition to having had perfect attendance since 6th grade, Way has graduated with honors and received a full academic scholarship to Piedmont College where she will play soccer.
Way’s mother, Jackie Way, was called as soon as her daughter was declared the winner. The South Effingham Elementary paraprofessional was crying tears of joy when she pulled up to the school. After congratulating her daughter with a big hug, Brittany asked her mom if she could have the car.
“Of course, you won it!” exclaimed the proud mother, who then thanked Principal Noel saying, “This is an answered prayer! I didn’t know how she was going to get back and forth from college next fall.”
To be eligible for the prize, students could have no more than five absences, no more than four discipline reports and no failing grades.
The eighteen-year-old senior said that she hadn’t cared about getting her driver’s license since she didn’t have a car to drive, but added; “Now I want to get it!”
The Mustang give-away was made possible by a partial donation from Coastal Chevrolet and funds collected from student picture proceeds and student parking fees. Coastal Chevrolet’s general manager Troy Alford said that Noel contacted him last July about the idea of giving away a car.
“I thought it was a great idea,” stated Alford, “and a good way to reward students for their outstanding efforts in school.” Alford said he hopes that Coastal Chevrolet and SEHS can give away a car every year.
Originally, Alford was planning to donate a Chevy Cobalt, but when his dealership took the nearly perfect red Mustang in on trade, he changed his mind.
“I called Mr. Noel and told him about the Mustang and he agreed that it was perfect,” explained Alford. The “Mustang red” 2000 GT features tan leather interior and has less than 50,000 miles on it.