Boy, when Wilson Countians put their minds to do something, big things happen.
The latest example, and there are many, came Friday with the announcement Wilson Central, Lebanon and Mt. Juliet high schools combined to garner $225,000 in grant money from State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive online competition.
More impressively, Wilson Central High School received more online safe-driving commitments than any other school across the nation in the contest. And in addition to the school’s $100,000 in winnings, students will enjoy a private concert from Grammy award-winning singer Kelly Clarkson.
Certainly each school’s efforts were commendable in the contest, but to put it into perspective, Wilson Central students beat out 3,700 high schools.
There are countless people who deserve thanks, enough to possibly fill this entire page. From those who casually voted each day for their favorite school to the many students who spent countless hours promoting, prodding and encouraging most everyone they saw to get involved.
And Wilson Countians more than got involved.
We should all be proud of Mt. Juliet High School, which landed in the top 100 schools involved and received a $25,000 grant.
We should all be proud of Lebanon High School, which became involved in a heated battle with Wilson Central for commitments during the week of the two schools’ football rivalry game.
Obviously we should all be proud of Wilson Central.
The money, undoubtedly, will go to good use at each school, but we certainly must not forget the driving force behind the competition in the first place.
“It’s about your lives,” local State Farm agent Jeff Gannon told students Friday. “We would give all the money up to be sure you are safe.”