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Kaitlan's new car roars

Technical High students wins Cougar refurbished by automotive tech students

Technical High students wins Cougar refurbished by automotive tech students

July 16, 2007|by JANET HEIM

Kaitlan Wolford hadn't missed a day of classes in her two years as a student at Washington County Technical High School. The day of their senior awards assembly, though, she felt ill after arriving at school and was tempted to go home.

There was a lot at stake that day, as one lucky senior would win the red 2000 Mercury Cougar that was parked outside the school.

Students were eligible by having perfect attendance and making the honor roll their two years at WCTHS. Each student could earn up to 12 tickets while at the school - three tickets per year for making honor roll (all As and Bs) and three tickets per year for perfect attendance. Two bonus tickets are awarded if students have perfect attendance for both years.

There were about 240 tickets in the drawing, said Principal Jeff Stouffer. The other catch is that the winning student must be present at the drawing.

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Kaitlan, 17, a cosmetology student from Big Pool, had wanted to win the car since learning about the car giveaway the beginning of her junior year. Students who choose to attend WCTHS do so after their sophomore year at their home high school.

Urged by her teacher, Tammy Wilson, to stay for the awards assembly, Kaitlan obliged. When her name was drawn for the car, she suddenly felt much better.

"When I (saw) the car sitting there under the porch, I said I wanted to win that car," said Kaitlan, who was saving up to buy a car to replace her 1990 Toyota Corolla.

Kaitlan is the daughter of Tammy and John Wolford. Now a licensed cosmetologist, she uses her new car to drive to her job at the Hair Cuttery at Valley Mall.

WCTHS is the only school in Washington County that gives away a car as part of its student incentive program, said cosmetology teacher Marie Bikle. She said the program is in its 13th year and is designed to motivate students.

The car is donated by the Student Trade Foundation, repaired by the Automotive Tech program and painted and detailed by the Collision Repair program.

"Yes, I absolutely love driving it. This really helped me out," said Kaitlan.

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