Warren County High School students will get to vote on how some of the money is spent if the school is awarded one of the top prizes in the State Farm-funded Celebrate My Drive program.
Ten prizes of $100,000 will be given away, along with 90 prizes of $25,000. The top two schools in the nation will get a concert from Kelly Clarkson.
Being named a top school is easy. All it takes is accumulating the most votes in an online poll at www.celebratemydrive.com.
As of Tuesday morning, WCHS was ranked 102nd in the large school division with 2,450 votes.
“It’s been rough getting student participation because of fall break,” said WCHS computer applications teacher Paddi Smith. “But now that everyone is back, I think it will pick up the rest of the week.”
Anyone in the community is eligible to vote in a process that takes about a minute. One vote per email address is allowed per day.
Smith says the school’s computer labs are opening early in the morning to give students a chance to vote before classes begin. Students are also being given a wristband at lunch that will allow them to use their cellphone if they vote from it.
School organizations are joining the push and setting up outside Walmart in an effort to get people to vote. The Pioneerettes spent time at the booth yesterday.
Smith said the cheerleaders, wrestling team, National Honor Society, Interact Club, and band are other organizations which are pledging support.
“If we win, 10 percent of the money goes directly to driver training,” said Smith. “I’m going to see to it that a portion of the rest of the money goes to the clubs that helped during the campaign and then we’ll let the students vote on what we should do with the rest of it.”
Voting ends Saturday at midnight.
Celebrate My Drive is a safe driving program aimed at reducing the number of teen deaths and injuries behind the wheel.