ALTA LOMA (CBS) — 15 year old Melissa Hedrick wins a free car for perfect attendance at Alta Loma High School this year.

And as Greg Mills reported for KCAL9 News Thursday, there is just one slight problem: she’s not old enough to drive it.

Hedrick has to wait four more months to get her learner’s permit! She won a new Chevy Cruze. It beats the car she was going to get…a 1985 El Camino from her parents with 195K miles on it.

She’s one of hundreds of students in the Chaffey Union High School District who had perfect attendance this year.

Each year Mark Christopher Auto Center rewards one deserving student with a free car.

This amazing incentive has paid off. The Superintendent says those with perfect attendance tripled this year at the two schools involved in the free car give-away. Each year two different schools are in the rewards program.

This year: Alta Loma and Ontario high schools. Next year: Montclair and Rancho Cucamonga.

More than 300 students at the two (Ontario & Alta Loma H.S.) schools involved this year had perfect attendance. Five students are then selected through a drawing…only one has keys that will start the car.

Hedrick said keeping perfect attendance was no biggie. Straight A’s and she’s on the softball team to boot!

Comments (14)
  1. Working Hard says:

    Awesome! Way to go, Melissa! Another way that getting an education pays off!

  2. John says:

    Congratulations kiddo. Just don’t wreck it!

  3. Buster says:

    Sell it for crack money.

  4. sco says:

    Awesome job! Keep up the hard work at school!

  5. khadi says:

    c-man is an idiot.

  6. John says:

    c-man, you INDEED are an idiot.

  7. d-man says:

    That is because stealing a car is the easy way to get one instead of working for it. Just like mom & dad does it.

  8. josie says:

    wow she should be honored! my nephew had perfect attendance not only for high school but for middle school aand also elemantary yes you read correctly he never missed not one day from pre-k to high school! what honor did he get for that NOTHING .. now i am honored to say he is attending ucla and to this day he still has a perfect attendence . so you should feel proud that your daughter was reconized. unlike my sister and her husband …….

    1. Ed Rooney says:

      I wouldn’t be bragging a whole lot about him attending UCLA- what was his first choice?

      1. ... says:

        Ha Ha haaaaaa..

  9. Shelley (Kayla's mom) says:

    Melissa, we are so proud of you for all your accomplishments : ) BTW I wanna ride in that new car!

  10. dakota says:

    Lucky You I Went 13 Years of perfect attendance and never got any . . .

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