A local student has hit it big with the end of the year raffle at Apollo Career Center.
Jacob Skinner, of Uniopolis, who is a commercial foods and hospitality student at Apollo Career Center, recently won a Pontiac Grand Prix at the Perfect Attendance Awards ceremony at Apollo Career Center held at the end of May.
“The car is quite an accomplishment,” Skinner said.
To be eligible for the raffle, the school used a reverse raffle system. Each student with one year perfect attendance could put their name in the drawing, and students with two years of perfect attendance received two chances at the prize. Local businesses donated a variety of prizes to the contest.
The final two students, Skinner and Joel Byrne, were handed a set of keys, and Skinner’s set turned on the engine, as he became the winner of the new car.
Apollo Career Center started the car give-away to improve student attendance. Only those students who have no excused or unexcused absences, and no tardys were eligible.
Skinner said his goal this school year was to attend class every day, so he could have a shot at winning the car.
“I was excited and surprised,” Skinner said, when he found out he had won the car. “I was happy to win a car.”
Skinner said that this is his first set of wheels, and he is very excited about his accomplishment.
Skinner is a member of the Wapakoneta High School graduating class of 2011, and after high school he plans on joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He said he will use his experiences in commercial food to be a cook.
“I love to clean and I love to cook,” Skinner said. “I will take my experience and skills into the future.”
Skinner has attended Apollo Career Center for two years, and his most memorable moment was when he had an opportunity to work in the school’s cafeteria.
“I worked in the cafeteria for a whole year,” Skinner said. “It made me love it (cooking).”
Skinner said this job allowed him to gain experience of cooking for others.