Go to Class, Maybe win a Car

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A car dealership is trying to motivate students to go to class with a tempting offer.

Students with perfect attendance records can enter a drawing for a new car to take them wherever they're going after high school.

The promotion at Bill Pearce Courtesy Honda in Reno started last year with 88 high school seniors who had perfect attendance. This year, the pool of candidates was up to 129 Washoe County School District students who hadn't missed a day of school.

"You can't learn if you're not there," said Sandy Raffealli, who owns the business along with husband John, a former teacher.

Raffealli said the students deserve some reward for good judgment and a work ethic that might serve them well in life.

District spokesman Steve Mulvenon said shortly before the drawing Saturday that students who attend class regularly tend to do better.

"We know there's a direct correlation between good attendance and good student performance," Mulvenon said.

This year's winner was Jack Denzler, a recent graduate of Damonte Ranch High School who now has a 2010 Honda Fit.

"I'm stoked," said Denzler, who plans to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. "I knew I was going to win."

While other candidates were disappointed to miss out in the drawing, they said their perfect attendance wasn't based on incentives.

"It's just a pain to have to redo work," said Molly Barrow, a McQueen High School graduate. "People who are absent all the time, it's not a good idea. I don't know how they get by."


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