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Good choices pay off for WMC students

• May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM

NORTON SHORES — It resembled the atmosphere of a state final basketball game Thursday afternoon as Western Michigan Christian High’s gym was packed with 400 screaming students. 

But instead of cheering for the home team to make a basket, these students were there to see who was going to win the school’s “Ride with Pride” prizes, which included a 2010 Chevy Equinox, a scooter and a hoverboard.

WMC, in conjunction with the Norton Shores Police Department, took part this year in the “Ride for Pride” program, which rewards students who have made wise choices and have followed all rules and laws in and out of school this past year.

The students signed a behavior contract at the beginning of the school year. Thursday’s assembly celebrated WMC’s students who have fulfilled their terms of the contract.

Names from more than 200 eligible students were drawn out of a hat. There were five finalists for the car, which was donated by Scott Meyers of Meyers Chevrolet. Senior Adam VanHoven of Fruitport drew the winning key.

"I am super grateful to have won the car," VanHoven said. "I want to thank WMC and everyone else who came together to make this possible. It was the most exciting experience of my life."

Out of the 10 finalists for the scooter, nine keys failed before freshman Brekken Fairfield drew the key that fit the ignition. The scooter was donated by David TenCate of Capstone Companies. 

Jessica Eenigenburg won the hoverboard, which was donated by Mary Beth Ramos of Ramos and Sons.

The event was organized by Norton Shores community police officer Scott VanWylen, who is assigned to WMC, along with some of the school’s staff.

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