True Blue students won extravagant prizes on the evening of Thursday, May 12, thanks to Montague High School’s “Ride with Pride” event as well as local sponsors. At the beginning of the school year, students who pledged to stay “True Blue to the Core” were eligible for prizes.

According to high school principal Curt Hansen, these students pledged to stay alcohol and drug free, keep up on good attendance, practice good road safety, and more. This is the 3rd year of attempting to hold the “Ride with Pride” event, but it was delayed due to COVID-19 safety. “The program has been going on in the county for years,” said Hansen.

The grand prize of the event was a used car donated by Twin Cities Parts and Services in Whitehall. Senior Morgan Netcott won the vehicle, as well as a mini fridge donated by River’s Ace Hardware. Students who were 16 and older with a driver’s license were eligible to win the car.

Bucky Martin received a kayak, donated by Harborlight Credit Union. A $2,000 scholarship was awarded to Maddie Dietz from Lakeshore Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Graceann Barlow won a foosball table and Kennedy Johnson won a river raft- both donated by Harborlight Credit Union.

Other awards and prizes during the event included: car wash bucket from Advanced Auto Whitehall, $20 gift card to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, 1 month free tanning and a free spray tan from 360 Tan, a free oil change from Miller’s, a $20 gift card to Family Farm and Home, 10 free games at Northway Lanes, a $50 gift card from Meijer North Muskegon, a $10 certificate to Twister’s, a $25 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings, and more.

Montague Police Officer Rick Johnson and his wife Elizabeth donated gift cards to the event. Bart and Deanna Verbanic also donated gift cards.

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