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Strive 2 Drive campaign rewards Rhena Latiolais with a new car

Strive 2 Drive campaign rewards Rhena Latiolais with a new car

Wed Sep 2, 2020

Strive 2 Drive 2019-20

Rod Hall of Honda of Lake Jackson, left, presents Brazosport College student Rhena Latiolais with a new Honda Civic car on Sept. 2. Latiolais was named the winner of Brazosport College’s 2019-20 Strive 2 Drive initiative campaign during a virtual presentation on Zoom.

Participation in campus activities and working toward educational goals has paid off for Brazosport College student Rhena Latiolais.

Latiolais was named the winner of Brazosport College’s 2019-20 Strive2Drive initiative campaign and was rewarded with a new Honda Civic during a virtual presentation aired through Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The event, which was sponsored by Honda of Lake Jackson, BASF, The Dow Chemical Company – Texas Operations, Freeport LNG and MEGlobal, was originally scheduled in April, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

Latiolais was one of five finalists and her name was randomly selected by Brazosport College President Dr. Millicent Valek. The other four finalists, who each received consolation prizes, were Ricardo Torres, Skylar Serbantez, Micah Spates and Daniella Martelly.

“I never expected something like this,” Latiolais said. “I’ve been borrowing a car from my mother, but now that I have my own car, this is going to help me quite a lot. I never thought I’d get this. I’m so happy.”

Dr. Valek proclaimed Latiolais the lucky winner after selecting a random key fob out of a bowl of five key fobs and activating a car assigned to her.

“Congratulations to Rhena Latiolais, the winner of the Strive to Drive competition,” Dr. Valek said. “This innovative program reinforces behaviors that have shown to lead to success in college. I’m so grateful to our sponsors who support this initiative and to all the BC students who chose to participate.”

Latiolais, who is pursuing a certificate in industrial and commercial electricity, expects to use the car for much-needed transportation and is looking forward to not having to rely on others.

Also earning one of the day’s biggest prizes was BC student Bridgett Miksik, who was awarded $1,000 in gift cards for finishing as the year’s highest point earner.

The Strive2Drive program was based on participation in campus activities and operated on a defined point system, with points assigned based on the length, importance and educational value of the activities. Every participating student was entered into a drawing for the grand prize, a new Honda Civic.

This is the third year Brazosport College has awarded a new car to a student during its Strive 2 Drive campaign. BC student Ashley Lundy won the car in the inaugural event, followed by Gwyneth Sidney last year.

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