By Colin Flanders
The Essex Reporter
When Essex High School senior Alexander Kreissle recently was faced with a tough choice, he elected to let fate decide.
Kreissle found himself with two great options this weekend when he won the opportunity to choose between a new Hyundai Elantra and a new Subaru Impreza courtesy of Burlington Subaru Hyundai’s annual Drive for Excellence program.
How did the 18-year-old make his choice? He flipped a coin, and the Hyundai won.
“When I found out, I still didn’t believe it, even when we matched the numbers up,” Kreissle said. “Since I never expected to win, I didn’t really think about what car I would choose.”
Kreissle said since he was on the spot, he decided to let a coin decide for him. The Hyundai was “tails.”
In its eighth year, the dealership’s Drive for Excellence program rewards hardworking high school juniors and seniors by giving them the chance to win a new car.
The staff at Burlington Subaru Hyundai sifted through 536 student report cards whose grades amassed the 13,338 entries. Kreissle was chosen at random to be one of the 75 finalists entered into this year’s raffle.
“We are thrilled to have wrapped another successful year of our Drive for Excellence program,” said Steve Kelson, general manager of Burlington Subaru Hyundai, in a press release. “This program is something that we’re really proud of; students put in a ton of hard work over the year and to be able to reward one with a new car is really exciting.”
The Hyundai Elantra will be accompanying Kreissle as he makes his way to the NASCAR Technology Institute in North Carolina this fall.