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Strive to Drive - One MISD High School Student Wins Free Car


One lucky Midlothian ISD high school student will have the opportunity to win a FREE 2015 Ford Focus this school year courtesy of Waxahachie Autoplex. Students in grades 9-12 from Midlothian High School and Midlothian Heritage High School can earn a total of eight (8) chances to enter a drawing just for having perfect attendance. In May 2017, ten student finalists will be drawn to receive a key. Only one key will start the car.

The Strive to Drive student attendance initiative is an effort to educate students and their parents on the importance of being in class all day – every day, as attendance has a direct impact on academic performance. Research has shown that consistent school attendance is directly linked to positive behavior, higher grades and higher overall educational outcomes.

Rules for Eligibility

  • All MHS and HHS students in grades 9-12 who have recorded perfect attendance all day, every day can earn tickets to win the FREE CAR.
  • The district will utilize state guidelines for reporting Average Daily Attendance to determine perfect attendance eligibility and adhere to Board Policy FEB (Legal): Attendance Accounting.
  • A parent/guardian will sign documents if the student winner is under the age of 18.  
  • A local sponsor will cover the tax, title and license fees.

How to Earn Eight Tickets

  • Students can earn one (1) ticket per six week grading period for perfect attendance
  • Students can earn one (1) bonus ticket per semester for perfect attendance
  • A total of eight (8) possible tickets can be earned for perfect attendance between August 22, 2016 – May 5, 2017 (last day of school is May 26)

Six-Week Secondary Grading Periods 

  • August 22 to September 30 – earn 1 ticket
  • October 3 to November 4 – earn 1 ticket
  • November 7 to December 21 – earn 1 ticket
  • January 9 to February 17 – earn 1 ticket
  • February 20 to April 7 – earn 1 ticket
  • April 10 to May 26 (Cutoff date for Strive to Drive is May 5) - earn 1 ticket


  • August 24 to December 21, 2016 (fall) - earn 1 ticket
  • January 9 to May 26, 2017 (spring) Cutoff date for Strive to Drive is May 5 - earn 1 ticket                 

Drawing Date

Eligible students will be entered into a random drawing based on their number of accumulated chances.  A live drawing and celebration event will take place in early May 2017.  Students must be present to win! 


Contact Jana Pongratz, Director of Communications at (972) 775-8296, ext. 1037 or email info@misd.gs.