Hart District announces date of AutoNation for ‘Hart Wheels’ Student Car Giveaway

Signal File Photo: Valencia High School junior Taylor Morrison turns the winning key to her brand new 2014 Nissan Versa during Monday’s Nissan car giveaway raffle at College of the Canyons. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo.

Through the William S. Hart Union High School District’s partnership with AutoNation, one student in the district will be given a brand new car for free, district officials have announced.

For the third year in a row, AutoNation plans to give a car to a student who has demonstrated improved and/or excellent academic performance, according to district spokesman Dave Caldwell.

“When this was first created, the folks at AutoNation thought it was important to award good academics and create an incentive for students,” said Caldwell. “So, 6,606 sophomores, juniors and seniors have qualified.”

According to Caldwell, the students who qualified to win the car either have a 3.5 GPA or better to automatically qualify in the first or third quarter of the year, or have seen an improvement in their grade point average between both of those quarters.

“We want to be able to award kids who are working hard and working to improve their grades,” said Caldwell.

The close to 7,000 students who have qualified for a chance to receive the car have been invited to the drawing, scheduled to occur April 23 in the Valencia High School football stadium.

In a ceremony, 10 students will be randomly selected to draw tickets, Caldwell said. As ticket numbers are read, the students will be eliminated until only one remains, and that student will drive off in the 2019 Mini Hardtop.

“It’s very exciting, and when the person steps forward with the winning ticket…  it’s a fun moment,” Caldwell said.

Students in attendance hoping to win the car will need to have their student ID with them. If students cannot be in attendance, their parents are allowed to attend in their place as long as they have their ID with them.

Valencia High School Stadium is located at 27801 N. Dickason Drive and the event is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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