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Four Students Win $3,000 Cash Prizes for Perfect Attendance

High school students get cash from Albuquerque New Car & Truck Dealers Association

High school perfect attendance cash winners are (l-r) Trevor Dodson, Marissa Martin del Campo, Santiago Vallejos and Vincent Thomas.

Today four Albuquerque-area students—one from each high school grade level—were awarded a $3,000 cash prize from the Albuquerque New Car & Truck Dealers Association for having perfect attendance during the 2015-16 school year.

      Winning the $3,000 cash prize were: Vincent Thomas, who just completed his freshman year at La Cueva High School; Santiago Vallejos, who was a sophomore at Albuquerque High; Marissa Martin del Campo, who was a junior at Cleveland High; and Trevor Dodson, who was a senior at Manzano High.

      Dodson said the cash will enable him to continue his education. “I plan to use the money to transfer to a four-year college after I finish at CNM,” said Dodson, who had achieved perfect attendance all four years of high school so he had more than one chance in the drawing.

      Vallejos said he would use the money to buy some gifts for his family and to buy baseball gear for himself. “It was hard to get perfect attendance. I had chances to miss school, but I decided it was important to go,” Vallejos said.

      Thomas said that winning the cash after his freshman year will be an incentive to continue his perfect attendance in future years. “It will be an incentive to keep it up because I could win again,” Thomas said.

      “What these students did is not easy and they deserve to be recognized,” said Charles Henson, who coordinated the drawing for the Albuquerque New Car & Truck Dealers Association.

       “They and their families should be very proud,” Henson said.

      One hundred thirty-four students in grades 9 through 12 from APS and another 21 from Rio Rancho qualified for the drawing by achieving perfect attendance during the 2015-16 school year. Twenty-seven 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 the cash.

      APS Board of Education President David Peercy congratulated the students and their families. “All the students who had perfect attendance are winners. Even if they didn’t get the cash, they won because they were in class each day and were learning,” Peercy said. “It is the learning that’s important and it’s the education that will make them a winner.”

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

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