Driving for good grades and attendance at Eastern Tech


Among those attending the car giveaway were Al Packer Sales Manager Steve Leftco, Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, winner Justice Ibeawuchi, Al Packer Service Manager Bill Crumley and Principal Tom Evans.

May has been quite the lucky month for Eastern Technical High School junior Justice Ibeawuchi.

First, at the Project L.i.V.E. video software competition ceremony on May 1, he won as a door prize the new Microsoft Surface tablet. That was great, but it was just a warm up for Justice, who is studying Interactive Media Production at Eastern.

Two weeks later, at Eastern Tech's 23rd annual Car Giveaway, Justice walked off – correction: drove off – as the winner of a red, 2007 Ford Explorer truck. His winning ticket was drawn by Maryland State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier and was among more than 100 representing students like Justice who qualified for the drawing based on achieving honor roll or perfect or near-perfect attendance.

"Wow!" Justice remarked after his name was drawn. "And red is my favorite color!"


Justice Ibeawuchi celebrates winning a Ford Explorer at Eastern Technical High School's annual car giveaway

"The Annual Car Giveaway," said Principal Tom Evans, "sends our students a powerful message about the correlation between high academic performance, good attendance, and material rewards for excellent effort."  Each year at Eastern, students earn opportunities to participate in the drawing based on honor roll status and attendance for the first three grading periods.

Evans credited school business partner Al Packer Ford for sponsoring the event for the past 11 years. This year's car came with  just 62,000 miles on the odometer and a retail value of $16,000.   In attendance at the drawing were the dealership's sales manager, Steve Leftco, service manager Bill Crumley and Master Ford Technician Mike Hammen.

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