Friday, April 1, 2011

Patrick Henry Senior Wins Car for Academic Achievements

Car winner
Program emcee
Erica Fox, left, car
winner Suzanne Amor,
and Board of Education
Trustee Kevin Beiser.

Suzanne Amor, senior at Patrick Henry High School, was the winner of a new car at the Cool to be Smart raffle held on March 31.

Amor’s 11 entry tickets were earned by her participation and achievement in Advanced Placement programs during high school as part of the Cool to be Smart incentive program. San Diego Unified, in partnership with Mossy Automotive Group, hosted the event to encourage students to pursue rigorous academic classes in high school as they work toward postsecondary education.

For the second year, Mossy Automotive Group donated the new car as the grand prize. Amor will have a choice of several models at the company's dealerships.
To be eligible, students had to take at least two semesters of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. These are college-level classes taught at high schools; generally, colleges and universities give course unit credit to students having taken these courses and passed the after-class exam. Students received one entry for each course taken.

The event was attended by 371 students who met eligibility criteria. Prizes, in addition to the new car, were donated by other local businesses and ranged from cash cards to movie tickets.

Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified Board of Education trustee, and Dr. Hector Montenegro, Area Superintendent, were on hand to call the winning student names. Fox 5 San Diego reporter Erica Fox was the mistress of ceremonies.
More than 1,900 students from 26 San Diego Unified high schools were eligible for the incentive program showing that it is Cool to be Smart!

Thanks to the following companies for their generous support the Cool to be Smart program: Broken Yolk Café, Brunswick Premier Lanes, California Coast Credit Union, Casa De Pico Mexican Restaurant, Chicken Nest, Chick-fil-A, H&M Landing, ICETOWN, La Jolla Kayak, Marie Callender’s, Miramar Speed Circuit, Mission Federal Credit Union, Mrs. Field’s, Old Triste Restaurant, Pure Spa and Chiropractic, Real Mex Restaruants, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Sail Ho Golf Club, Sam’s Club, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Coaster Company, San Diego County Fair, San Diego Harbor Excursion, San Diego Ice Arena, San Diego Padres, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Restaurant Management, San Diego Symphony, SeaWorld, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, The Cheesecake Factory, The Fish Market, The Wave Waterpark, Ultrazone, Westfield Parkway.

For more information on the program, visit the Advanced Placement Incentive Program website or call (858) 505-9578.