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Mt. Juliet High School celebrates with $25K

Laurie Everett leverett@mtjulietnews.com • Updated Nov 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Mt. Juliet High School was one of three Wilson County schools to receive a grant from State Farm Insurance's Celebrate My Drive competition.

In a ceremony Friday, Jeff Gannon with State Farm presented the school a check for $25,000.

"We are excited," said principal Mel Brown. "Any time we have money coming our way, it's exciting. I'm proud of the participation."

The school competed in a competition not just with fellow Wilson County schools, but others across the country.

"I'm blown away," said Director of Schools Tim Setterlund. "This takes several things – school pride, spirit, unity and school leadership. This is just phenomenal."

"Mt. Juliet got $25,000," said Gannon. "Wilson Central and Lebanon high schools got $100,000 each. That's $225,000 for Wilson County. I think the community involvement was so important. Driving a car is the No. 1 killer of teens and this has the public attention. They all committed to safe driving."

State Farm representative Kip Diggs said, "Jeff Gannon spearheaded the effort in Wilson County. To think you can have this enthusiasm and place nationally, it's incredible. It's about pride, enthusiasm and teamwork.

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