FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – With the right words, one Fort Worth high school senior will win a brand new car.
Everyday a shiny new 2013 Honda Civic sits on campus and steals the attention of students at Western Hills High School. “I like nice-looking things and that is a nice looking car,” senior Stacy Boyd said, eying the vehicle.
The sporty new ride is part of a promotion for the ‘Words for Wheels’ essay contest, a competition open to all Fort Worth ISD seniors.
A new car will go to the student who has the best response to the question: “In the future, how do you plan on using technology to promote and help your community?”
Senior Juhun Dae answered, “I have a great passion for changing anything for the good, because I’ve always wanted to help people.”
Boyd has different reasons for wanting to win the contest. As it stands he’s having issues with his current car. “It kind of just started like ‘ur, ur, ur’ – just spitting – and we were like ‘what’s going on?’” Right now the teenager often has to turn to his mother. “My car is actually a lil’ bucket, but sometimes, she lets me drive her car,” he said.
Western Hills assistant principal Mark Ceria said there are students at the school who have adult responsibilities and don’t have extra money for a car. “Many do start working at a young age, maybe 15 or 16 years old, they do help provide with some of the bills that their family is experiencing.”
Essay organizers say the Words for Wheels competition is about awarding a promising young person who has got the drive to change and impact their community.
Frank Kent Honda co-owner Will Churchill can’t wait to award the prize. “To watch the expression on the winner’s face, the tears, and you see the whole family come together. It’s just why we do it. That’s what it’s all about… the students and the community.”
The contest began on February 11 and was scheduled to end on March 17, but the deadline has bee extended to March 22.
So students there’s still time. Make sure your submission doesn’t exceed 1000 words, excluding the title. Type your essay in 12-point Times New Roman and double-space the page. Go to http://www.wordsforwheels.com/ to get all of the essay submission requirements.
Words for Wheels organizers say last year’s winner told them the car changed her life because she’s now able to work in Fort Worth and commute to Denton for her college classes.
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