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7 high school seniors win cars

Medina high school students win new cars. (Source: WOIO) Medina high school students win new cars. (Source: WOIO)
MEDINA, OH (WOIO) -

They came by the hundreds, hoping to win a new car.

And General Manager Mitch Pasquerella form Bill Doraty KIA in Medina was going to make sure that happened.

He says, “We are going to give away seven vehicles to a high school senior from each school in our county.”

The car dealership has been doing the Graduate Giveaway for 10 years Pasquerella says it’s their way of giving back, "These kids are on their way to college. This just a way for us to jump start their way after high school."

A jump start Katelyn Keckler really needed.  She cried when her name was called as a winner, "I've been waiting for this day forever and I don't have a car so  I will come home on weekends to see my parents."

She will be heading to Ohio Northern with a brand new car with a two-year lease. 

And just ask her Dad Brian what this all means to her, “I'm ecstatic she deserves it she really is a good kid.”

Katelyn says, “I prayed on the way over here I wasn't going to get one for a while.”

Marissa George won a car, too, and she adds, “I had a 50/50 chance. I was shocked either way.”

Seven new cars to seven students.  

And by the way, Katelyn was a finalist with her best friend who was probably the happiest for the overwhelmed teen. 

“And I'll drive my friend anywhere she wants,” says Katelyn.

A deserving teacher won a car, too.  

Among some of the requirements to qualify students had to have a grade-point average of 3.0 or above, be involved in at least two after-school activities, and couldn’t miss more than six days of school.

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