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7/1/07-Longview

Longview Teen Wins Free Car

  Sarah Zell is one of the students waiting to see if she is the lucky high school student who'll be driving home in a brand new car, for free. "I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high in case I'm not the lucky person." 

  The students qualified for the brand new 2007 Chevy Cobalt, given away by Peters Chevroley, by making good grades in math and science classes, passing the TAKS test, and having perfect attendance. Plus, they got a little lucky,in a drawing for the final ten contestants.

 "There's nothing that motivates a teenager better than a car," Randy Peters, owner of Peters Chevrolet.

  We're very excited, we were really are, Sarah didn't hardly sleep last night, I didn't sleep a whole lot either," says Sarah Zell's mom, Robin.

First, each student picked a number.

"Whatever number they choose that will be the number they chose their keys in," says LHS Principal Milton Wallace.

Then they picked their keys, only one of which will start the ignition.  

"To see the look on those ten kids faces that they were actually down to the wire and had an opportunity to win a new car it was exciting," says Randy. 

One by one, the students try their luck, hoping their key will rev that engine. Then it was down to just three and then the moment of truth.

15-year-old Robert Hugman hears the sweet sound of the car starting.  

"It was just awesome, I can't describe it, I was just so surprised I didn't think it was real for a second, it was really exciting," he says sitting in his new car.

He beat out his sister who was also in the running for the car, but now it's all his, at least on November 26th when he turns 16. 

"I was saving up my money for a new car, but I guess I won't have to anymore, I can spend it on other stuff.  I worked really hard all year and I achieved my goal I guess," he says nonchalantly.

The nine students who did not win the car didn't leave empty-handed. They each got a 13-inch TV-DVD set from Wal Mart.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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