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Eldorado Student Wins Car for Attendance

APS Student Awarded Car by Albuquerque New Car & Truck Dealers Association

Eldorado Student Wins Car for Attendance

Allante Vanderslice

June 20, 2013

An 11th grade student from Albuquerque Public Schools Eldorado High School was very excited as his name was drawn and he won a new Mazda 3 from the Albuquerque New Car & Truck Dealers Association as the prize in the annual recognition of APS or Rio Rancho high school students who have perfect attendance.

“I’m usually pretty healthy and don’t get sick,” said car winner Allante Vanderslice, when he was asked how he was able to achieve perfect attendance.

“Some kids think it’s kind of nerdy to go to school every day, but I don’t think it’s nerdy to win a new car,” Vanderslice added, noting that the car he won has a manual transmission, so he will have to “learn to drive a stick shift better.”

“It is quite an accomplishment that all these students had perfect attendance and earned the chance to win a new vehicle,” said Charles Henson, who coordinated the drawing for the Albuquerque New Car & Truck Dealers Association.

Fifty-eight students in grades 10 through 12 from APS and another seven from Rio Rancho qualified for the drawing by achieving perfect attendance during the 2012-13 school year. Sixteen APS students had achieved perfect attendance in a prior year in addition to this year and so they had more than one chance to win a vehicle. For the first time, the new car and truck dealers association included students from area charter schools and three charter school students participated in the drawing.

APS Superintendent Winston Brooks praised the students and their families. “I know it’s hard, especially for some high school students to attend class every day. These students and their families are to be congratulated,” Brooks said.

Just like they had to do every day at school, students had to be present for the drawing in order to win a new car.

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