Selling raffle tickets were (L-R) Matt Pabst, senior class president; Jaime Meyer, senior; and Tyler Brown, vice president.
Photo courtesy of Janell Gregson.
by Karen Diefendorf
A 1995 black Mustang with a spoiler and gold trim was the grand prize in the raffle at Woodinville High sponsored by the senior class parents.
The yearly project helps keep down costs for the annual senior party following graduation and covers the ticket prices for those students unable to pay.
After expenses were paid this year, the raffle raised approximately $6,500, which will help insure a safe and fun graduation night for the entire class.
When the winning ticket was drawn by Gary Whitsell, the number belonged to James McDermott of Edmonds.
McDermott heard the good news when he was paged by his parents as he was heading to a rodeo. His first response was pretty unemotional, but within minutes, as the news sunk in, the excitement hit him.
Plans for the rodeo were put on hold for that evening. "I couldn't believe it," he said.
Actually, McDermott had no plans at all to buy a raffle ticket until his girl friend's dad "kinda persuaded me." He bought only one, but that was enough.
Right now, however, the special prize is sitting in the McDermott driveway while James drives his truck to work. Insurance on the new car is very high and Christmas was expensive, but he figures he'll have the insurance by the end of the month.
The parents and senior class members said they were grateful for the support from Evergreen Academy, Cottage Lake Safeway, Stock Market, Albertson's, U.S. Bank, Las Margaritas, Woodinville Auto Auction, R and G Auto Body and Sales, and Prestige Ford.