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Former Montgomery Central High School student wins new car at Joe Heitz Pass and Go

 

On Saturday afternoon 281 hopeful students gathered at the Joe Heitz Toyota dealership to take part in the Joe Heitz Pass & Go Celebration, a unique event held by the Clarksville-Montgomery County School system and the Education Foundation in partnership with area businesses.

Students who passed their Advanced Placement exams with a score of 3, 4, or 5 received the chance to win a 2010 White Toyota Yaris Sedan from Joe Heitz Toyota; one of 12 Dell Latitude Netbooks from Premier Medical Group; and William Beach from Beach Oil Company provided 25 gas cards.

Joe Heitz with John Sims-Jones, the former Montgomery Central who won a 2010 Toyota Yaris Sedan at the 2010 Joe Heitz Pass and Go

Joe Heitz with John Sims-Jones, the former Montgomery Central who won a 2010 Toyota Yaris Sedan at the 2010 Joe Heitz Pass and Go

Mike Harris, Director of Schools said, “I am thankful that we have so many businesses and individuals in our community who are willing to help us recognize students for their hard work and also support our district programs. Without the support of the community, we would not be able to provide incentives like these. Our goal is to reward the hard work that each student put into passing the AP test, by giving them a shot at winning the new car.” he continued “The school system has seen increased student participation and rising AP test pass rates since the start of the Pass and Go event”

CMCSS Spokeswoman Elise Shelton, said “The event was delayed by about two weeks as a result of the May 2010 flooding. This resulted in some of the students being represented by their parents because they had already departed for college.”

One of the 281 Students who passed the Advanced Placement Test draws her key(s) from the jar held by Director of Schools Mike Harris

One of the 281 Students who passed the Advanced Placement Test draws her key(s) from the jar held by Director of Schools Mike Harris

Each of the students took turns drawing one key for every AP course that they took and passed; from a jar full of keys held by CMCSS Director of Schools Mike Harris. Out of the 281 keys in the jar, twelve would unlock the door to the car. Then those twelve lucky finalists drew another key, and one cranked the engine. Only 40% of all students taking the advanced placement tests passed it.

Once the students tried to unlock the door to the car, they proceeded inside where they were given a USB flash drive from Premier Medical group that was used to see if they had won one of the Dell laptops. Even if they didn’t win a laptop, they got to keep the flash drive.

Joe Heitz Toyota has made a five year commitment to supporting the Pass and Go event. The Dealership not only provided the venue, but also provided T-shirts and cold drinks for the attendees at the hot and muggy event.

The winner of the 2010 Toyota Yaris from Joe Heitz Toyota was 18 year old John Sims-Jones who recently graduated from Montgomery Central High School. John will be attending Vanderbilt University this fall studying Anthropology.

John’s Parents were on hand to see him win. When showed the photo of their son winning the car, and they commented “He usually never smiles.” Well on that day he had a good reason to!

Dr. William Moore,Premier Medical Group; and William Beach, President of Beach Oil Company

Dr. William Moore,Premier Medical Group; and William Beach, President of Beach Oil Company

The other eleven finalists were:

  • Alexandera Schlauch, Kenwood High School
  • Jason Giaffro, Rossview High School
  • Larsyn Stacey, Clarksville High School
  • Sierra Dolwick, Northwest High School
  • Emily Englehardt, Clarksville High School
  • David Bosanko, Northwest High School
  • Elodye Kruk, Northwest High School
  • Beth Heis, Clarksville High School
  • Ashley Leslie, Northwest High School
  • Laura Klatt, Kenwood High School

Last year, the winner was Nina Rogers, a Northeast High student.

State Representative Joe Pitts (center) with his wife Cindy (left), and Education Foundation Director and Community Relations Coordinator Candy Johnson (right)

State Representative Joe Pitts (center) with his wife Cindy (left), and Education Foundation Director and Community Relations Coordinator Candy Johnson (right)

The Twelve finalists for one of the Premier Medical Group’s laptops were:

  • Brian Goggin, Northeast High School
  • Ryan McCrary, Montgomery Central High School
  • Caitlin Hayes,  Northwest High School
  • Rebeccaa Rouse, Clarksville High School
  • Shawn Thomas, Clarksville High School
  • Victoria Hunter, Rossview High School
  • Sam Hyatt, Montgomery Central High School
  • Chase Snow, Clarksville High School
  • Yusuf Yunis, Rossview High School
  • Ashley Leslie,  Northwest High School
  • Rebecca Navarre, Clarksville High School
  • Justin Smith, Rossview High School

Northwest Highschool student Ashley Leslie was a finalist for the Car, and also won one of the twelve laptops.

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