BASTROP, Texas -- One by one, student after student entered a car Friday, trying to get it to start. Forty seniors at Bastrop High School received ignition keys, but only one of them would work.
Whoever had the working key would win the Chevy Sonic sedan.
Each of these students had to complete various tasks to qualify for this contest starting with perfect attendance and no tardies. They had to complete at least 30 hours of community service, take the ACT or SAT, apply for college and pass all of their classes.
So with 30 keys down, the students continued to take their turns when Blake Mundine's key started the car.
"Feels great. It was really unexpected," he said. "You know, your chances are one in 40, but luckily, I got the winning key, and I'm really excited," he said.
Mundine plans to attend Texas A&M and study agricultural engineering and environmental science.
"You do little things around the school, you know, to help get those points up, so that's how you do it," said Mundine when describing the contest.
Chance Covert owns the Chevy dealership giving the car away. "I think it's great. It's a great way for a high school student to start off the journey of their life, to go to college, and, you know, hard work is what it takes in the real world, so here we go," he said.
Dr. Celina Estrada-Thomas is Bastrop High's principal. She says Covert surprised her when he came to her school and pitched the contest idea.
"It's a great way to end graduation practice for one, but just to put a nice, positive end to the school year and know that our business community is out there supporting our students and our hard work," Estrada-Thomas explained.
For Mundine, his hard work paid off with a new set of wheels.
“I think my mom’s gonna be really excited when I pull up in this new car,” Mundine said.