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Updated: 10/19/2013 08:00:03AM

You can help BHS win $100,000

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With State Farm sponsoring the Celebrate My Drive program this year, the local high school has a chance to not only win a concert from Kelly Clarkson, but also $100,000. And, State Farm owner Michell Githens believes this school has an excellent chance of doing that.

“Last year was the first year State Farm did this and the high school that won was Boone High School in Orlando and they won with 5,000 votes,” Githens, Bartow’s State Farm agent, said, saying it would be easy for Bartow to top that vote total. The contest started Friday and runs through Oct. 26. People must be 14 to vote.

Friday was the start of Teen Safe Driving Week and State Farm’s teen safe driving campaign is called Celebrate My Drive. In recognition of schools and communities pledging to drive safely, State Farm is giving away over $3 million. It takes less than a minute to go to and pledge to drive safely and vote for Bartow High School. The school that receives the most votes will win $100,000 and a live on-campus concert by Grammy-winning artist Kelly Clarkson.

“People can vote online and they can put it on their Facebook page. It takes about 15 seconds,” Githens said.

She said with the top prize being $100,000 and a concert, second place isn’t so bad either where the prize is $100,000. And 90 other schools will win $90,000.

There are already organizations in town willing to put a foot forward to push Bartow High to the top.

“BB&T Bank is starting tomorrow,” Githens said Thursday. “Community Southern (bank) starts Monday and Rotary announced it at their meeting this week.”

She said Principal Ron Pritchard is going to tell kids to take out their (cell) phones and put on their website. All week he’s going to encourage students to vote, she said.

And, Githens added, with the votes being taken online anyone can vote from anywhere for Bartow High School. And a person can vote everyday and use each email address separatley to vote.

“So if grandma lives in Canada, she can vote from there for BHS. If a person graduated from Bartow and now lives in California he can join in,” she said.

The online site to vote is or people can go to Celebrate My Drive on Facebook and pledge for Bartow High every day.

– Jeff Roslow

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