Driven to Excellence

Toms River High School South senior Aliya Canfield (center) was the winner of the Chevrolet Spark. She is pictured with South Principal Michael Citta (l), Superintendent of Schools David M. Healy, Pine Belt Enterprises employee spokeswoman Alana Pagano, and Robert Sickel, dealer at Pine Belt Enterprises.

For the fourth year in a row, a Toms River junior or senior has walked away with a brand new car during the school district's annual Driven to Excellence event.  This year, High School South senior Aliya Canfield was the one who successfully unlocked the Chevy Spark.

Annually, the car has been donated by Pine Belt Enterprises and acts as an incentive for high school juniors and seniors at the district's three high schools to achieve in the classroom and act as positive role models and school leaders.

Teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and student assistance coordinators at each school nominated students each month throughout the year based on criteria such as improved academic performance, random acts of kindness, good citizenship, improved attendance, community service, and school spirit.  More than 900 students were nominated over the course of this school year.

At Friday's event, students entered tickets into a drawing in order to make it to the final round to win the car. From the drawing, six students were selected to try their luck in unlocking the Chevy Spark. However, in the end, Aliya was the one who chose the container holding the key that unlocked the car.

In addition to the car, all students attending the event participated in games and activities that pitted one school against each other in competitions for fun. The atmosphere was like a pep rally and students were treated to lunch provided by Jersey Mike's. The other five finalists were awarded Chromebooks.

Be sure to check out the Asbury Park Press's coverage of the event!

Congratulations to Aliya and all of the students who were nominated throughout the year!

Update: Aliya has picked up her vehicle!

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