May 2, 2014
Valdosta, GA - "It's very exciting. I definitely wasn't expecting it", says Kirsten Kielma, the 2014 winner of the Keys To The Future Program.
The incentive is a partnership between Wiregrass Tech and Valdosta Toyota and encourages the students to maintain high academic standards.
"I do put a lot of work in to my schooling. It's definitely a priority. I mean, I've taken lots of AP and IB classes to get me ready for college", she says.
Throughout the year students set goals with their advisors and teachers. These goals are based on their attendance, grades, and extracurricular activities.The students who met or exceeded these goals had their name entered in a pool. 15 of those names were drawn from a hat and were entered to win the car.
Ricky Stokes with Valdosta Toyota says with Kirsten's new 2014 Scion iq, she doesn't have any excuse to skip class or miss a trip to the library.
We feel like we need to be a good partner in the community, with our business. We are very thankful that Valdosta High School has allowed us to do this", says Stokes.
Kirsten says she is looking forward to driving her new car down to Orlando for freshman orientation at UCF.
Though Kirsten won the grand prize, no one walked away empty handed. The other high-achieving students were able to pick from a Kindle Fire, a Samsung Galaxy ablet, and a Toshiba laptop, all tools to help them further their education. Two other lucky students won $500 scholarships to use towards their tuition at Wiregrass Tech.