Making the Grade
‘Making the Grade’ contest adds incentive prizes
Checking out a 2013 Ford Focus in front of Memorial High School in Manchester on Wednesday were, from left, Mayor Ted Gatsas; David Ryan, Manchester assistant school superintendent for curriculum and instruction; Dallas Lagerquist, vice president and retail market manager at NBT Bank; and H. Andy Crews, president/CEO of AutoFair. The car will be given away at the end of the school year to a student making the honor roll who registers for the drawing. (MICHAEL COUSINEAU/UNION LEADER)
This year’s “Making the Grade” contest includes offering two more rounds of prizes and providing gifts — and iPad mini and $100 gift card — to the 11 student finalists who don’t hold the winning key to start the 2013 black Ford Focus.
“I think it’s amazing,” junior Leah Raymond said after the contest was unveiled at Memorial High School. Similar assemblies were set at Central and West.
Raymond and fellow junior Diana Cantin said they would study more to earn a higher rung on the school honor roll — and thus garner more entries for the car.
Not everybody interviewed at Memorial was as enthusiastic.
Senior Elizabeth Morrissette, who’s made high honors in the past, probably won’t enter, calling it “more of a hassle” than it’s worth.
Junior Jordan Fischer said he might enter depending on whether he had the time to go enter.
Mayor Ted Gatsas said students should seize the chance and enter since life provides limited opportunities.
A West student has won each of the past two years. A Central student won the first year.
For each of three report-card quarters, students can earn entries: one for making the honor roll, two for high honors and three for the principal’s list, for a potential of nine entries per student. To enter, students must bring to AutoFair their report card and a letter they receive from the mayor congratulating them for making the honor roll.
At the end of the third quarter, the grand prize winner will win the car, an iPad mini and a $250 gift card.
New sponsors this year are NBT Bank, Comcast Spotlight and AMI Graphics. Returning sponsors are the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the City of Manchester.
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