Collins student rewarded for perfect attendance

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 13, 2004

GETAWAY - Perfect attendance paid off for one lucky student at Collins Career Center.

Amber Conley of Decatur is the new owner of a bright red, completely refurbished 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier.

About 200 students with perfect attendance each nine weeks were eligible to win the car during a drawing conducted Tuesday. Five students' names were picked and each one was provided a car key.

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Conley held the key that opened the car's door. "I didn't expect to win. This is the first time I've ever won anything big."

Although the 18-year-old full-time Health Academy student and Certified Nursing Assistant for Riverbend Health Care of South Point owns a small truck, she said the car will be better because it's bigger. "I have a baby and I need more room. I'll probably give the truck to my sister."

This is the third year for the car giveaway according to welding instructor Mike Staton. Approximately 40 students worked throughout the year to make the car like new under the tutelage of Staton, Bob McKenzie and Cecil Coffman Jr.

The car was donated by Larry Williams of Ironton. "When Williams called us to donate the car, he wanted the students to be able to learn from it. He had the students in his heart when he did this," Coffman said.