A Valdosta High School senior drove off from school today with a brand new car.
An academic program, geared at keeping high schoolers on track, put the 18-year-old in the drawing. And Friday morning only his key unlocked the car.
Wildcat students packed the gymnasium to find out who would go home with a brand new Scion IQ. Out of 15 students, senior Pierce Wallace had the only key that unlocked the door. And his reaction was priceless.
Wallace won the car through Valdosta High School and Wiregrass Technical College's Keys To The Future Program that encourages high schoolers to be successful students. The end of the year grand prize was a $16,439 car donated by Toyota Scion of Valdosta.
"I couldn't believe it. It came down to the last two keys and this was the lucky one alright."
Wallace even switched his original number to his lucky number 11, after the date he and his triplet brothers were born. "It turned out to be one of the best swaps of my life I have to say."
With his car already decked out in his Wildcat gear, Wallace says his first road trip will be to the University of Georgia this summer.
By not missing a day of school or getting any tardies, and passing all of his classes - Wallace is a great example to other students who can earn a shot at winning a car next year.
"I'm going to be traveling on the road to Athens for the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! And I'll be there up in the fall. It'll be a great car, it's the bat mobile," said Wallace.
And even at 6'5 the Wildcat basketball player can fit in every compartment of his new car.
The 14 other students in the Keys To The Future program went home today with laptops, iPods, and other electronics.