Students with perfect attendance have chance to win new car

Shawn Harrison, general sales manager at Grand Junction Subaru, shows-off the new Impreza that will be given to one lucky high school senior with perfect attendance today.

Jessica Banderneer is driving a car that was new when she was a baby.

Her 1993 Toyota Camry has squeaky breaks that no mechanic can seem to fix. Plus, the whole axis tilts when she drives over a bumps.

That’s why she made the choice to attend every class during her senior year at Central High in hopes of winning a new car from Grand Junction Subaru.

Today at 5 p.m., 38 graduates with perfect attendance will be eligible to win a shiny black 2010 Subaru Impreza.

“I’m way excited,” Banderneer said, “I’ve been praying every night that I’ll win because it would mean a lot in this economy to my family.”

Banderneer would use the car to commute to Mesa State College in the fall and as transportation to work.

Alyssa Workman-Keenan, also a senior at Central High School, said she thinks the program is just cool and she’s so excited to see someone win, even if it’s not her.

“There’s not many kids who are eligible to get it. They all worked really hard,” Workman-Keenan said.

Both girls agreed that the hardest day to attend classes occurred last week when Centrall celebrated their annual, “Senior Ditch Day.”

“Senior Ditch Day hurt about 23 seniors that would have otherwise qualified,” said Shawn Harrison, general sales manager at the dealership, while shaking his head with disbelief.

Harrison commends all of the students in District 51 who had the willpower to resist ditching. “As far as we’re concerned, every kid here today has already won,” he said.

This is the third year that owner Ron Bubar has offered up a new car, which he purchases himself, in an effort to keep seniors focused and in class.

The mission of the “Be Cool. Stay in School” program is to promote excellence in higher education and give a large incentive for kids to attend high school through to the end.

So many are viewed as dorky if they don’t follow the “cool kids” by ditching classes at the end of the school year, Harrison said. 

“I guess that I’m a nerdy-type that still goes to school,” Workman-Kennan laughed.

Nobody will be laughing at the student who drives away in a brand new car today.

Five students will be selected by random drawing. Those five students will pick a key. Only one key will start the new Impreza.

“I’m just so excited. It’s such a fun and neat thing,” Harrison said, “I can’t wait because it’s going to be such a cool event.”


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