March 8, 2014
She beat every one of her classmates in a reading competition, and sticking her nose in book after book, really paid off.
16-year-old Samantha Kirtley will now be rolling into the Sparks High School parking lot in her well-earned Ford Explorer that she won in a reading contest on Wednesday.
Now Samantha doesn't have her driver's license yet, but she says now she has a reason to get it.
The 1994 SUV was originally used as a work vehicle for Newmont Mining Corp. Then the company decided to donate it to the school in an effort to get kids to read: the car was cleaned, fixed up, and is ready to drive.
Other students who did well in the reading competition received school t-shirts, gift cards and games.