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Published: Thursday, 5/30/2013

Perrysburg student Drew Binkley wins 2013 Hyundai Elantra

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Drew Binkley laughs as he listens to his mother after he shared the news he'd won a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. His friend, Annie Rutherford, front, drove the car to Mr. Binkley's mother's house. Drew Binkley laughs as he listens to his mother after he shared the news he'd won a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. His friend, Annie Rutherford, front, drove the car to Mr. Binkley's mother's house.
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Perrysburg High School senior Drew Binkley, 18, was on stage in front of his entire class of 2013 and he had just won a brand-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

"Drew, you don't even have your license," a student shouted as Mr. Binkley stood in shock on stage.

"I know," he responded.

The musically-gifted senior was given the car, title and taxes paid for by Taylor Hyundai of Perrysburg. Steve Taylor, who runs the family's Kia and Hyundai dealerships, was there helping principal Michael Short emcee the event that followed the senior video. 

It was the fourth year that the dealership has donated a car to a Perrysburg senior.

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Friends and local media gather outside Perrysburg High School as Drew Binkley  and his friends drive off in a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra. Friends and local media gather outside Perrysburg High School as Drew Binkley and his friends drive off in a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra.
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"We want to be involved in our community," Mr. Taylor said. "We are locally owned and locally committed. We think it is great to give back and help motivate students to have good grades and attend class."

An Elantra's price, with taxes and title, is $21,500.

Students could have multiple entries in the drawing for the Elantra for being a good student. Extracurricular activities, sports, teacher recommendations, and each A grade they received earned an extra entry. But bad attendance and disciplinary issues have drawings removed. Mr. Binkley's favorite teacher, Steve Ricard, was given a $250 gas card from the Parents Helping Students/Staff organization.

"Steve Taylor has been phenomenal," Mr. Short said. "This is the fourth year of this and it has been a lot of fun and a great relationship. Steve does a lot for the community."

Now, Mr. Binkley has to figure out what he is going to do with two cars and no license. He has his permit, and said he has already bonded with his used Chrysler PT Cruiser his dad gave him. A friend helped him drive the new car home. 

"Drew is a free spirit," Mr. Short said. "He is really into music, a percussionist for the band. He would put a go-pro camera to video the halftime show. He is a different bird, and good kid."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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