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Drive for Excellence Winners

Drive for Excellence Winners
2016 Drive for Excellence Winner | Hunter Lamore of South Burlington High School




Hunter Lamore is taking home her new 2016 Hyundai Elantra today from Burlington Subaru Hyundai

Burlington, Vt. -- Hunter Lamore, a senior at South Burlington High School is driving home a brand-new 2016 Hyundai Elantra today from Burlington Subaru Hyundai as part of their annual Drive for Excellence event. Drive for Excellence is in its ninth 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.

Lamore went with the Elantra, which is the second year in a row that it's been chosen. Lamore is planning to take her brand-new ride to Beverly, Mass. this fall, where she will be attending the Montserrat College of Art.

"I'm just so proud of her," said Tricia Lamore, Hunter's mother. "I'm overwhelmed! I'm just so happy for her."

As an added perk, three $1,000 scholarships were raffled off at the event, courtesy of NBT Bank. The three winners, who each took home a $1,000 check, were Kelsy Kellison of Northeastern Clinton Central School, Daniel Piper of Plattsburgh High School and Vivian Trevisani of Colchester High School.

For this year's event, the staff at Burlington Subaru Hyundai sifted through the report cards of 547 students from 70 different high schools whose grades compiled the 13,438 entries this year. Lamore was chosen at random as one of the 75 finalists for this year's event, subsequently entering into the raffle to be chosen as the 2016 winner.

"It's almost hard to believe that we just wrapped up our ninth straight year," said Steve Kelson, general manager of Burlington Subaru Hyundai. "These students put so much effort into their grades and to be able to reward one with a new car, and three more with a $1,000 scholarship is huge. It's definitely a gratifying experience for the students, but it's always enormously rewarding for us too."

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 for 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 in 2011, Zachery LaForest of Saranac Central High School in 2012, Seldon Hill of Essex High School in 2013, Andrew Levite of South Burlington High School in 2014, and Alexander Kreissle of Essex High School in 2015.

2015 Drive for Excellence Winner | Alex Kreissle of Essex High School
2015 Scholarship Winners:
Amanda Anderson of South Burlington High School
Marijella Collins of Richford Junior/Senior High School
Jared Moore of Rutland High School.
2014 Drive for Excellence Winner | Andrew Levite of South Burlington High School
2014 Drive for Excellence Scholarship Winner Emilie
2014 Scholarship Winner
Emilie Manchester
Missisquoi Valley Union High School, VT
2014 Drive for Excellence Scholarship Winner Tyler
2014 Scholarship Winner
Tyler VanDyk
Champlain Valley Union High School, VT
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