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Drive for Excellence Winners

New Car Winners!


Burlington, Vt. - Andrew Levite, a junior at South Burlington High School is driving a brand-new Subaru Impreza as part of Burlington Subaru Hyundai's annual Drive for Excellence program. Drive for Excellence is in its seventh consecutive year of rewarding hard-working high school juniors and seniors with a chance to win a new car. Once the winner is drawn, they have the opportunity to choose between a new Hyundai Elantra and a new Subaru Impreza.

This year, as an added perk; two $1,000 scholarships were provided by NBT Bank and drawn via raffle at the event. The winners of the two scholarships were Emilie Manchester from Missisquoi Valley Union High School and Tyler VanDyk from Champlain Valley Union High School. For this year's event, the staff at Burlington Subaru Hyundai sifted through the report cards of 554 students whose grades compiled the 14,211 entries this year. Levite was chosen at random as one of the 75 finalists for this year's Drive for Excellence and entered into the raffle to be chosen as the 2014 winner.

"It's a lot of work. This is the hardest year so far in high school," he said. "But all the hard work is worth it."Levite is an all-seasons athlete; playing soccer as well as participating in both indoor and outdoor track. He's also a member of the Interact Club and CCS at South Burlington High School.

"We were just floored," said Andrew's Mother Lisa Levite after the event. "We just can't believe it. It's so amazing. I'm very proud of him; he's worked very hard at school. This is just a great way to celebrate his achievements."

Burlington Subaru Hyundai was joined by WCAX, 106.7 WIZN, 99.9 the Buzz, 98.9 WOKO, KOOL 105, AM1230 WJOY, Angolano & Company and NBT Bank in today's Drive for Excellence event. The previous winners are Shane Mason of Milton High School in 2008, Sarah Cameron of Colchester High School in 2009, Crystal LaHart of Peru Senior High School in 2010, Zoe Davis of West Rutland High School for 2011, Zachery LaForest of Saranac Central High School in 2012, and Sheldon Hill of Essex High School in 2013.

2013 Drive for Excellence Winner | Seldon Hill of Essex High School

2012 Drive for Excellence Winner | Zachery LaForest of Saranac, NY
2011 Drive for Excellence Winner | Zoe Davis of West Rutland, VT
2010 Drive for Excellence Winner | Crystal LaHart of Peru, NY
2009 Drive for Excellence Winner | Sarah Cameron of Colchester, VT
2008 Drive for Excellence Winner | Shane Mason of Milton, VT