Driven To Excellence... TISD Students Work for a Chance at an SUV

TISD's students were challenged earlier in the year to keep up their grades, attendance and citizenship. If they did, they'd be eligible for a brand new SUV.

About 450 students met the driven to excellence challenge making their performance at school a priority.  Now, that's freshman to seniors from John Tyler, Robert E. Lee and Pace.

Thursday afternoon started with a reward for all the motivated Tyler students with a Mazzio's pizza party and sandwiches from McAllister's.

"It's just nice being here," says Brittany Gilliam, John Tyler finalist. "knowing that I am one of the top people in our schools."

As they enjoyed their break away from school, the high school kids got to meet the people who donated the rodeo as an incentive to do well in school.

"I wasn't expecting to get drawn at all, so it was kind of a shock," says Michael Alexander, Robert E. Lee finalist.

You might remember KLTV partnered with Crown Motor Company and TISD for the program. Finally, the moment they worked so hard for this year. Five students from J.T. and five from Lee, plus one from pace got the call.

"It would help me a lot because I am tired of driving my daddy's car," says Leslie Grant, the Pace finalist.

The Driven to Excellence finale is scheduled to be live on Channel 7 at five next Tuesday, May 27th, from Crown Motor Company.

Now here is a list of the finalists. From John Tyler High school, the finalists are Brittany Gilliam, Darrell Lockridge, Timothy Wesley, Mahogany Hartsfield, and Raudel Medina. The finalists from Lee are Michael Alexander, Michelle Stewart, Varun Lella, Brandi Cook, and Megan Jackson. From Pace alternative school, Leslie Grant was the lone finalist. Now if any of the 11 chosen TISD students don't meet the final certifications, two alternates from Lee and J.T. have been chosen, along with one from Pace.

Dana Dixon reporting