10/3/2018 8:00:00 PM VCHS holds 'Keys to Success' kickoff
Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown is pictured as she explains the “Keys to Success” program to Vinton County High School seniors during an assembly on Monday morning, Sept. 24. (Telegram Photos By Red Thompson, Jr.)
This Ford Fiesta is the grand prize which a qualifying Vinton County High School student will win at the end of the current school year. The new car was purchased by the Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from Mark Porter Ford in Jackson with drug forfeiture funds.
Vinton County High School seniors were excited about the new "Keys to Success" Drug-Free Education Program and saw the new car they could win for being a successful participant.
During an assembly on Monday morning, Sept. 24, Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney Trecia Kimes-Brown and Lt. Ryan Cain of the Vinton County Sheriff's Office gave the seniors a chance to sign up and laid out specifics of how the program works.
If the students sign up -- with parental consent -- they have to meet grade, conduct, time and public-service requirements. They also have to be willing to submit to random drug testing throughout the program. The program starts Monday, Oct. 1, and all the student participants will start with a clean slate.
Students who meet all the requirements will be entered in a drawing for a Ford Fiesta, purchased from Mark Porter Ford with the drawing coming at the end of the school year. The car has been driven fewer than 100 miles and only will be driven in parades between now and when it is presented. All taxes and fees will be paid and the vehicle will be completely free to the student. Kimes-Brown told seniors if an insufficient number of them sign up, the program will be open to juniors as well.
"If we allow juniors in, it decreases your chance of winning," Kimes-Brown stated.
There will also be a second tier of prize drawings, and Kimes-Brown's goal is to have every student who completes the program win at least a smaller prize. Lt. Cain said he would have loved to have won a new car when he was in high school and told students that this is a great opportunity.
After the assembly, the car was pulled around to the front, and the students had the opportunity to see what one day might be their own.