Contest nets senior a new car

<p>Senior Keanu Yokoyama of Astoria High School, right, won a 2014 Ford Fiesta through Dane Gouge's Driven to Succeed contest. Yokoyama was one of 10 finalists who competed through strong academic performance, good attendance and community involvement.</p>

Dane Gouge’s Astoria Ford Driven to Succeed program concluded earlier this week, and senior Keanu Yokoyama of Astoria High School won a 2014 Ford Fiesta.

The program rewards a student who has an academic focus their senior year, attends school on time every day, displays good citizenship qualities and is involved with their school or community

Seniors from Astoria, Warrenton and Knappa high schools took part. They collected tickets to be entered in the drawing for the car by increasing their GPA, earning a 4.0 GPA for a quarter, making the honor roll; joining clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities; and for perfect attendance each month and meeting major assignment deadlines.

“People come and buy cars from me, and hopefully this is a way I can give back,” said Gouge, adding that he has a friend who owns a car dealership in Ohio who did the same thing.

The final Drawing was held at Astoria High School with the finalists from Astoria, Warrenton and Knappa. While only Yokoyama won a new car, Astoria Principal Lynn Jackson and Gouge drew the names of nine other winners who earned $500 scholarships donated by local business, including:

  • Kennedy Rub of AHS, funded by Hayward’s Ocean Crest Chevrolet Cadillac.
  • Brook Moreland of KHS, funded by
  • Warrenton Fultanos.
  • Katie Russell of AHS, funded by Astoria Fultanos.
  • Mitchell Whiteside of KHS, funded by the Astoria/Warrenton Mini Marts.
  • Aimee Schacher of AHS, funded by Seaside Fultanos.
  • Jasmine Breitmeyer of WHS, funded by ReMax River and Sea.
  • Jamie Schraeder of WHS, funded by Westerlund Log Handlers.
  • Jonathan Moss of WHS, funded by Clatsop Distributing.
  • Unah Denight of AHS, funded by Clatsop Bank.

Gouge said that through the program Knappa saw its senior grade point average jump up; and Warrenton and Astoria saw improvements in attendance.

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