CLARKSVILLE, TN – Rowan Carey has remained silent after learning he won a new car at the 13th annual Wyatt Johnson Automotive Pass and Go event.
Carey, a junior from Northeast High School, was speechless after his key started the Hyundai Accent on Saturday, August 7.
“I’m just shocked. I wasn’t expecting anything, ”he said.
More than 600 high school students from CMCSS qualified for the event, hosted by the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Foundation. Carey was chosen at random as the ultimate winner.
“I’m still processing everything. The fact that I won a car, I don’t know what to think, ”he said. Carey took an AP test in sophomore last year, which qualified him for the annual event.
Each year, second year, junior and senior CMCSS students who have passed their AP exams with a 3, 4 or 5 are invited to participate in the Pass and Go. Students receive numbered tickets and are eligible for prizes ranging from gas cards to a brand new car.
The big winner had the choice between an all-new 2021 Hyundai Accent or a 2021 Kia Rio.
“It is very important for this company to give back to education,” said Senator Bill Powers. Powers has been actively involved since the inception of the event 13 years ago and has been a strong advocate for the community ever since. “I appreciate everyone and their hard work.”
Over 25 students walked away from the day with various prizes, including Domino’s Pizza gift cards, Beach Oil gas cards, Google Chromebook, iPad, and Apple AirPods.
“Our goal as a district is to encourage students to reach their potential. Academically, we want students to push each other and try something new, ”said Dr Angela Huff, Acting Director of Schools. “For some, advanced placement testing helps them achieve this goal. “
The victory was bittersweet for Carey, an active-duty military dependent. It was his last day in Clarksville as his family left the state.
“I’ve been here since kindergarten, but we can’t wait to see what this new year brings. ”
Carey encouraged other high school students to consider taking the PA exams.
“Do it,” he said. “Sometimes people think (the tests) are much harder than they actually are. If you’re just doing it, sticking to it, studying, and doing what you’re supposed to do, then you’ll do well.