John Tyler Senior "Driven to Excellence," Drives Away New Isuzu

For every teenager, to get a new ride is a big event. But for one John Tyler student, his grades, class attendance, and a good attitude won him a new Isuzu Rodeo. It was part of the "Driven to Excellence" program sponsored by Crown Motors and KLTV, along with Mazzio's Pizza, and McAlister's Deli.

"And then there were eleven." -- Students from John Tyler, Robert E. Lee and PACE. Each had a key they chose -- a chance they earned.

One after the other, students gave it a try. No luck. But from now on, number six will be Josh Price's lucky number. That was his turn. And this is his lucky day. The Rodeo started.

Channel 7's Gillian Sheridan asked Josh how he felt: "Now you're a senior. You don't think you could get a better graduation present than this? Josh: This is the best."

For Mom as well. "This is something else," she said, beaming with pride.

Josh: "I was never one to skip, so I tried to pass, and stayed in class and tried to have fun."

A drawing to select finalists was held last Thursday, and Josh was drawn as a second alternate. Several students didn't pass the final qualification requirements, so Josh became a finalist, and the winner.

At John Tyler, Josh is president of the Future Farmers of America -- the FFA. He's also in the ROTC.

   Morgan Palmer, reporting.