City high school students driven to ‘Make the Grade’

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A West High student poses with this year's Make the Grade grand prize.
A West High student poses with this year’s Make the Grade grand prize.

MANCHESTER, NH – Students at Manchester West High School are driven to succeed, with an added incentive – this year’s “Make the Grade” grand prize, a 2015 Hyundai Velostar, donated by local partner AutoFair. The car was on display Oct. 13 outside their school – postponed due to a school lockdown on Sept. 25.

Together, the Office of the Mayor, the Manchester School District and AutoFair unveiled at city high schools the initiative that recognizes academic achievements. “Make the Grade,” a public-private partnership between the City of Manchester, AutoFair, Manchester School District and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, also enhances the spirit of community commitment.

This is the fourth year “Make the Grade” will award a brand new car to a junior or senior high school student who earns Honor Roll status the first, second and third quarters of the academic year. Next spring, the winning student will receive a 2015 Hyundai Velostar. AutoFair brought it to each school today so that students could see for themselves the car that could be theirs.

2015 Hyundai Velostar will be awarded to one lucky Manchester high school student for the Make the Grade initiative.
2015 Hyundai Velostar will be awarded to one lucky Manchester high school student for the Make the Grade initiative.

“The Manchester School District and the City are excited to continue the partnership with Autofair to recognize the accomplishments of our local high school students,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas. “It is our hope that once again ‘Make the Grade’ will add a spark of excitement to the school year and drive students to work even harder to excel.”

Students enrolled at Manchester High School Central, Manchester High School West and Manchester Memorial High School are eligible for a chance to win the 2015 Hyundai Velostar donated by AutoFair. The car will be given away to the lucky student at a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game on June 5, 2015.

“The ‘Make the Grade’ program has been a huge success, and we are proud to help set the bar that motivates students to strive for better grades,” said Andy Crews, CEO of AutoFair Dealerships. “The best part is seeing the joy on the face of the student who holds the key that starts the car.”

“Every student who achieves excellence deserves recognition for a job well done, and ‘Make the Grade’ is a fun way to do that,” said Dr. Debra Livingston, Superintendent of Schools. “We thank AutoFair for its generous investment in our students.”

For complete details and contest rules go to www.AutoFair.com or www.mansd.org and click on the “Make the Grade” logo.

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