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VHS student wins brand new car at school

Ricky Stokes Ricky Stokes

The hazard lights on the car flashed on and off, the panic alarmed sounded, and the 2014 senior class in the auditorium inside Valdosta High School's performing arts center erupted in cheer when senior Kirsten Kielma opened the door of her brand new Scion xD Base on the auditorium's stage.

"It's very exciting; definitely was not expecting it. It's just very exciting, I was not expecting it at all," said Kielma.

She and 14 of her fellow seniors were selected, because of their good grades and high attendance rate, to have a chance to win the car.

The high school holds this "Keys to the Future" event every year for seniors around graduation as an incentive to get students to work hard in school.

"I think if we get involved with the kids early enough in life and they see an opportunity that they can be recognized for their achievements, no matter if it's a laptop, we had a laptop here, or no matter if it's a brand new car. It's an incentive for them to do better, and I think incentives help us all," said Ricky Stokes, Manager of Valdosta Toyota, the dealership that donated the car.

Each of the finalists was given a key at random, and then one by one Stokes called them up to see if their key was the lucky key that opened the door. If it wasn't, the student got to choose from a handful of other prizes, including laptops and tablets.

But Kirsten had the lucky key, and she's already thinking of where she'll go with her new car. "Maybe take my family to the beach or my sister to the beach. One of us can fit in there," said Kielma, joyously.

A good example of how showing up to school every day and studying hard can really pay off.

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