Aspiring to excellence: Moffat County students’ work warrants automobile payoff
Moffat County High School senior James Brumblow drove to school in his 1970s Jeep Tuesday, May 14, but he left campus as the owner of a new set of wheels.
Brumblow was one of two lucky MCHS students to receive vehicles as part of the second annual Victory Motors and Cook Chevrolet Food and Subaru car giveaway, an incentive program created by outgoing principal Kyle York.
“We just thought it (the giveaway) was something that would help kids to put out a lot of effort and aspire to excellence,” York said.
In order to qualify for a lottery ticket, students had to maintain a 3.5 GPA in the fall semester and have a 95% attendance rate when school administration checked in the spring semester. Students could also qualify this year by participating in two or more school activities or by raising their GPA score by .5 percent or more.
More than 100 students qualified for a ticket in the car giveaway lottery.
“We had more students this year that qualified for this than last year,” York said. “I think the more and more we do this, the bigger we make this, year after year, I think there will be that many more students who will aspire to excellence.”
“Aspire to Excellence” is the MCHS motto.
Sophomore Alyssa Rodriguez, the winner of a 2003 Chevrolet Z71 Avalanche donated by Cook Chevrolet, said she was shocked when her ticket number was called.
“When they called my number I did a double-check because I didn’t believe it was me,” Rodriguez said. “But I’m really excited because I didn’t have a car yet. I would’ve been happy with any car if I hadn’t one, but the fact that I won a truck is cool because I like trucks.”
Rodriguez said a cousin was going to pass down her old car when she bought a new one.
“So that’s great, because now she doesn’t have to give up her car for me,” she said.
Brumblow said he didn’t think he was going to win either, but, instead, he drove off with a 2012 Fiat 500 Sport donated by Victory Motors of Craig.
“This will probably need a lot less work done to it than my Jeep,” he said with a laugh.
Steve Maneotis, co-owner of Victory Motors of Craig, and Scott Cook, owner of Cook Chevrolet Subaru and Ford, took to the mic to congratulate all of the students who qualified for the lottery. Maneotis especially recognized Brumblow for his post-graduate aspirations.
“I want to give a shoutout to our winner because he’s thinking about going into the military, “ Maneotis said. “Talk about responsibility. That’s true responsibility. I really think the lord matches people up with certain tasks in life and maybe certain cars or trucks.”
Maneotis noted the promotion has been great as a motivation for the student body and can always continue to improve.
“Students, we hope to see everybody down here next year,” he said.
This year, a handful of Moffat County High School graduates are setting out to carry on the family tradition. From business to education, these students plan to follow in the footsteps their parents and in some cases, grandparents and great-grandparents.