Local High School Wins $100,000

A high school in the east is a $100,000 richer today, after winning a nationwide contest.

Washington High School was surprised with the $100,000 prize from U.S. Cellular's "Calling all Communities" Campaign. Students and faculty learned of the honor Tuesday afternoon during a surprise assembly.

The school was one of 10 that received the most votes in the contest. The cellular company says 6,500 schools across the county were nominated.

Washington High will use the money as they see fit.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Mar 4, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    This is awesome and I am sure that it will help the school out!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Mar 4, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    After projected deficits, medicare, medicaid, social security, and the recent ripoff by Gov. Perdue of the education lottery fund; you now owe. Sarcasm aside. Congratulations PamPack.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Mar 4, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    Hey Bobby, While you are in the "concentration camp" you might want to pay a little more attention in the English classes, especially the ones on grammar and punctuation. High school is tough. Things will be so much easier when you work for a living. Congratulations to WHS. It was a marketing strategy by U. S. Cellular. WHS rallied support and had people sign the forms. Good for US Cellular. Good for WHS. Good for the kids who work hard and will be eligible for the scholarships that will be awarded. Hard to find something to complain about in this story.
  • by T Location: Washington on Mar 4, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Bobby.. Pretty obvious you need to take remedial english. BTW.. Stay in school, as you surely need it. Kids, what can you say? They know it all.
  • by Bobby Location: whs on Mar 4, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    our school dosnt deserve any money that money should go to the students who have to follow there stupid dress code policy whs is a prison most of the students here dont even really care about this school thank god that Dr. Moss is gone i hope the next guy or girl believes in giving the students a little freedom at least give us a break during school maybe make our lunches a little longer so we dont have to race to the lunchroom to beat the line so we have time to eat please somebody free me from this concentration camp
  • by Parent on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    The official contest rules http://www.uscc.com/uscellular/SilverStream/Pages/x_page.html?p=cac_rules You have to read through the fine print, but no service with them is necessary to place a vote, you just had to physically go to the office and complete an original form, or you could mail it in. For example, copies of the entry form could not be just handed out to everyone.
  • by Hello on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    It was open to all schools. You didn't even have to be a US Cellular customer to vote but you had to go in to a US Cellular store to place your vote. Not saying I agree with that, but that's what we were told at our school - to call everyone we know to go to a US Cellular store to vote for our school to get it. I think there were posters in local stores and something on their website maybe but no tv/radio advertising of it. They wanted the schools to work for it by word of mouth I suppose. Will be interesting to see how the money is used because there are no specifications on that, they can spend it however they want.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:22 AM
    Now that was interesting The Wise One... and also concerning. ..Seems only Washington High School / Local U.S. Cellular only knew about this. ..I pay my bill over the phone... heard nothing at school, so I had absolutely NO idea!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    congrats WHS! besides that.... woo hoo Legal Citizen! Tell it like it is! The places that our tax money goes burns me alive too! And unfortunately, it will keep going away.....
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 3, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    I'm not attempting to ruin the praise of Washington High School. I think it's great that an Eastern North Carolina school has received this money. However, I think it is important that a few things are clarified. This award was not dependent on the programs/courses offered/academic prestige of Washington High School, but rather the number of U.S. Cellular customers who said they wanted Washington High School to receive the money. My sister went to pay her cellphone bill and the representative asked, "Would you like to vote for WHS to receive $100,000?" My sister kindly replied, "No." And she opted for the money to be given to our high school alma mater. I'll end my statement with this: Stay true to your alma maters, old and new! Congratulations, WHS! Spend wisely.
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