Second time's the car for EVIT student with perfect attendance
Posted on 05/28/2014

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Last year, Luke Shaffer had perfect attendance at the East Valley Institute of Technology, earning the right for a chance to win a car. As the cameras rolled, he and five other students drew keys to try and start the car. But Shaffer never got to try his key in the ignition, because another lucky EVIT student with perfect attendance drew the winning key and started the car before it was his turn.

So this year, when once again, Shaffer, an EVIT pharmacy technician student, had perfect attendance and won a drawing for a chance to win the car – he decided not to get his hopes up. During Monday’s car giveaway, he waited for his turn and then put his key in the ignition of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier donated by Thorobred Chevrolet.

And nothing happened.

Shaffer thought he had lost again. Worse, the key was stuck in the ignition. So he got out of the car, and EVIT radio instructor Steve Grosz slid behind the wheel to see if he could get the key out.

And the car started. “You won the car!” Grosz said to a disbelieving Shaffer. Turned out: The Gilbert High School senior forgot to push in the clutch.

“It’s more than I could hope for,” Shaffer, 18, said. It’s also more than his 14-year-old brother could hope for because Shaffer, who already owns a car, plans to give his little brother the car he won at EVIT.

For eight years, EVIT has given away a donated car to a student with perfect attendance. At the end of the school year, all students with perfect attendance enter a drawing – and then six are selected to participate in the car giveaway. Each student selects a key, and then the one whose key starts the ignition, wins the car.

This year, 281 students had perfect attendance.

“We train our young people to go into the workforce,” said Sally Downey, superintendent of EVIT, a career and technical school offering more than 30 occupational training programs for high school students and adults. “So we put a lot of emphasis on going to school every day, just like you would be going to work every day.”

It is the policy of the East Valley Institute of Technology District #401 to provide all persons with equal employment and education opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age or disability. District grievance procedures will be followed for compliance with Title IX and Section 504 requirements. The compliance officer is the EVIT Superintendent.

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