Galena Graduate Wins Free Car for Perfect Attendance During Senior Year

Galena High School graduate Jerry Baughman won a new Honda Fit for perfect attendance during his senior year. Image: Carla O’Day

A Galena High School graduate won a new Honda Fit on Saturday for achieving perfect attendance during his senior year.

Jerry Baughman’s name was drawn during an event that included pizza, ice cream, cold drinks, and music at Bill Pearce Courtesy Honda in Reno. Eligible students put their names into a container, many folding them in specific, Origami-style ways with hopes of increasing their odds.

After Baughman’s name was picked, he joked that the way he folded the entry increased his odds.

Baughman plans to attend Seattle University and study mechanical engineering. He had been driving a 2016 Honda CR-V, which he said will go to his younger sister.

Image: Carla O’Day

Making it to school on time each day wasn’t always easy but consistency paid off, he said.

“Sometimes I’d skip half my breakfast because I woke up late and I was like, ‘Shoot, I’ve got to get there,’” Baughman said. “It was worth it every day.”

For the 10th consecutive year, Bill Pearce Courtesy Honda awarded a new car to a graduating senior from Washoe County schools who achieved perfect attendance during their senior year.

During the first year, 70 students were entered into the drawing and that number has increased each year. This year, nearly 200 students were eligible.

“For the past decade, we have been proud to support our high school students who committed to achieving perfect attendance during their senior year,” said Sandy Raffealli, owner of Bill Pearce Courtesy Honda. “We are happy to help another deserving student by providing a brand new Honda Fit of their choice. It’s our favorite event of the whole year, and all of us look forward to helping a student celebrate graduation and begin their adult life.”

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Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.