The winners were announced from the Andrew Langston Center for Educational Excellence “Focus on Education” car giveaway to Rochester City School District seniors.
The winners awaited the final winning news, while seated on a stage, at 11 a.m. on June 27. Each were told they had won one of the prizes, but not one of them knew who had won the new 2018 Henderson Ford Focus. They sat with sealed envelopes in hand, as Quick Lane Assistant Manager Brian Henderson called out a countdown to envelope opening.
Tayvon Jackson, graduating senior from School of the Arts, became the owner of a new 2018 Henderson Ford Focus. Eleven additional seniors each won a $250 cash prize: Kayonnah Singletary, East High School; Anthony Johnson, Edison Career & Technology High School; Alexis Dygert, Rochester Early College International High School; Olivia Moore, School Without Walls; Alfredo Aponte, The School of the Arts; Anthony Jubray Jr., Wilson Magnet High School; Keysi Morato, World of Inquiry School No. 58; Melissa Fitzgerald, Integrated Arts and Technology High School; Zaquan Jackson, Leadership Academy for Young Men; Laleyshka Cruz, Northeast College High School; and Tiona Peoples, James Monroe High School.
There was representation in the top 10 percent of their class, completion of Advanced Placement courses, advanced band participation over four years, National Honor Society membership, Student Government involvement, sports and club participation over several years with state award recognition, community service and first-steps defined toward professional goals.
This is the second year of the giveaway, sponsored by Henderson Ford, The Andrew Langston Center for Educational Excellence, Advantage Federal Credit Union, Attorney Van Henri White, WDKX, 13 WHAM ABC, WUHF Fox Rochester and CW Rochester. These sponsors developed a way to reinforce successful student behaviors — passing grades, attendance, timeliness, participation on a school team or club, downloading the RCSDlink, finishing a financial literacy online program and communicating why graduating is important.
“If this giveaway changes one life, it is worth the year of work and investment. On behalf of Henderson Ford, to the Rochester City School District Class of 2018, we are proud of you,” said Henderson Ford President Randy Henderson.