Just about every high school student has been told time and time again about the importance of getting good grades in school.
Good grades mean you can get into a better college; you have a better chance at earning scholarships; they help you get a better job; and doing well in school will keep mom and dad happy.
And, for Mt. Juliet's Faith Bambas, good grades meant a new car, thanks to an annual promotion at Newton Nissan of Gallatin.
Last Friday night, the dealership gave away a brand new Nissan Versa to Bamas, a rising junior at Heritage Christian Academy in Mt. Juliet. Newton Nissan is also paying the sales tax on the car, meaning all Bambas has to do is drive.
The contest was open to all high school students who were enrolled in a Middle Tennessee high school during the 2015-16 school year. Students had to bring their report card into the dealership and earned an entry for every 'A.'
Hundreds of students and their parents attended the giveaway event hosted by the dealership, and Bambas' name was picked from among all the entries.
"I couldn't believe it when they called my name," Bambas said. "It's so exciting."
Mike Abbondanza, general manager for Newton Nissan, said this is the seventh car the dealership has given away.
"To see the community come out like this makes me so happy,' Abbondanza said. "The community has helped us become a great dealership so we just love to do this."
Abbondanza said they received 668 entries for the contest. The company also gave away a car last week at its dealership in Shelbyville.
Bambas said the new car is going to get plenty of good use.
"I won't have to borrow my dad's car anymore," she said. "I'll use it to drive to gymnastics, church, friends' houses ... I'm just so grateful."