June 1, 2018 --  The Toms River Regional Schools held its 3rd Driven to Excellence culminating celebration in the RWJBarnabas Health Arena today where High School North junior Jessica Ruppert won a new car!

The event was built around the idea for the district to help bolster student success through positive reinforcement.  To do this, juniors and seniors from each of the district's three high schools were nominated monthly throughout the school year by their teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and student assistance counselors.  Students were nominated for demonstrating good character, showing strong work ethic, or improving either academically or socially and emotionally.  Each month, 100 student names were drawn from among the dozens nominated, based on school population. 

The names that were drawn monthly went into a bin on June 1 and six names were randomly drawn during the Driven to Excellence event.  The six students whose names were drawn were each given a key fob to try on the 2018 Chevrolet Spark.  The person whose key fob made the car illuminate was the winner!  The car was donated by the Pine Belt Family of Dealerships and Vice President Rob Sickel attended the event to present the winner with the keys.

But, it wasn't all about winning the car.  Every student chosen throughout the school year was invited to the arena to participate in friendly games which pitted each high school against the other.  A great time was had by all who participated and everyone enjoyed lunch generously donated by Jersey Mike's. 

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Jessica Ruppert, a High School North junior, was this year's lucky winner of a brand new car in the Driven to Excellence event.

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Students from each of the district's high schools who were nominated throughout the school year participated in friendly games against each other during the event.

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Jessica is pictured with her new car, Superintendent of Schools David Healy, VP of Pine Belt Rob Sickel, HSN Principal Ed Keller, and Assistant Superintendent Gary Azzolini.

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