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Published on July 13th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


District Five student wins new car in ‘Raise the Bar Win a Car’ giveaway

Pictured from left: Jim Hudson, Kevin Cummings and Nathan Ellison, Jim Hudson Toyota General Manager

IRMO – An Irmo High School student drove away in a new car recently after winning a local dealership’s program, rewarding students for good grades and school attendance.

Jim Hudson Toyota in Irmo gave Irmo High School rising senior Kevin Cummings the keys to a brand new Scion xB as part of its new Raise the Bar Win a Car campaign. To qualify, students had to possess “an exceptional attendance history with no more than three unexcused absences and tardies, a flawless behavioral record, substantial school involvement and at least a 3.0 grade point average.” Cummings was one of 14 total finalists from seven Midlands high schools. His name was selected during the June 19 drawing at the dealership.

“I really didn’t think I would win,” said Cummings, who doesn’t yet have his driving permit but plans to pursue it and his license immediately. “This will help my mom out a lot. She takes us everywhere and drives us everywhere, so it will take a load off of her shoulders.”

Kevin’s mother, Lawanda Cummings, said she was “overjoyed.” “He’s always going. He’s so into basketball, and his twin sister keeps me on the run as well. So he can help take her to her activities. We’re overjoyed. That’s all I can say…overjoyed.”

The car giveaway is aimed at rewarding students for excelling in school, providing incentive to underclassmen and giving back to the community, said Jim Hudson, who spoke to the students about perseverance before drawing the winning ticket.

“We do this from our heart because when you’re as blessed as we are, it’s only right to give back to the community,” Hudson said. “Students are very important…education is very important. I didn’t have the opportunity or the money to go to college…so we do this so that we can help a deserving student and give them a gift to encourage them along the way. I prayed before this that the person who needed this most would get it. I know it meant a lot to Kevin and his mother…and my heart is filled with happiness. We wish the best for him and all the other finalists in the future.”

Finalists in the drawing from District Five included: Connor Anthony (Chapin High), Eli Horner (Chapin High), Krista Leonard (Dutch Fork High), Kinsey Meggett (Dutch Fork High), Kevin Cummings (Irmo High), Sarah Vanlue (Irmo High), Magen Copeland (Spring Hill High) and Mae Louise Sparrow (Spring Hill High). Students from Columbia High, Lexington High and River Bluff High schools were also finalists.

“This is another example of the strong business and community support for our students at Irmo High School and throughout Lexington-Richland School District Five,” said Irmo High Principal Dave Riegel. “We congratulate Kevin on the car and on all he did to raise the bar for himself through academics and school activities…and we encourage all our students to set high goals for their future. The rewards for working hard are always great.”


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