Hendersonville student wins free car for good grades

Hendersonville student wins free car for good grades (Image 1)

A local Nissan dealership gave away a brand new car to a student with good grades Friday.

Newton Nissan in Gallatin was filled with juniors and seniors hoping to hear their name called.

For every “A” students earned on their report cards, they got one entry in the random drawing.

“I really want to win a car,” said Alexis Johnson.

She just finished her junior year at Coffee County Central High School. She earned 13 A’s this year, so her odds of winning were pretty high.

“It’s a great incentive to want to do better, to strive better. Who does not want a brand new car?” said Catherine Johnson, Alexis’ mother.

The winner of the brand new Nissan Versa was Joshua Graves, who just graduated from Beach High School in Hendersonville.

“There were posters at school saying you could enter to win a car and I was like, ‘You know, I could maybe get straight A’s and enter at the end of the year.’ So, that’s what I did and I won the car,” explained Graves.

He said all his hard work paid off.

“I still can’t believe I won the car, to be honest. It feels amazing,” Graves stated.

Mike Abbondanza, the general manager of Newton Nissan, started the program five years ago as a way to inspire students to do well in school.

“If they get good grades it just opens doors for them. So, if we can help them do that, that is what I want to do.”

 Abbondanza said he will give away a free car again next year.

He is also thinking of expanding the program to his new location in Shelbyville.

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