(MEDINA VALLEY ISD — May 19, 2023) — In a turn of fate, one Medina Valley High School senior now owns a new vehicle.
Joseph Alamos had picked up a small white box containing a key only to set it down at the last second to pick up a different box. When he entered the key from that box into the new Chevrolet Trailblazer’s ignition and turned, it started.
Alamos was among 30 seniors vying for an opportunity to win the vehicle donated by North Park Chevrolet
Castroville at the Fifth Annual MVHS Senior Car Giveaway outside the school Friday. Seniors have an opportunity to enter into the giveaway based on grade point average, grades, attendance and discipline. The 30 finalists are then selected and asked to randomly pick a white box, each containing a key. The student with the key that starts the vehicle is the winner.
“God gave me that gut feeling that I should switch boxes, and I switched boxes,” Alamos said as he held back tears. “I turned [the key], and I just felt the vibration by my feet. I was like, ‘God does his work.’”
After graduating, Alamos said he will study kinesiology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He hopes to one day come back to Medina Valley ISD to teach and coach football.
“My passion is football,” he said. “I’m going to do what I love that teachers do … communicate, build bonds and coach.”
Medina Valley HS Principal Tanner Lange said Alamos is a good student who is looked up to by his peers.
“He’s one of our football players,” he said. “He’s just an all-around great kid. He makes the grades. He’s a good role model and mentor. He’s one of our leaders of the senior class.”
The giveaway motivates students to make good grades and be good citizens, Lange said.
Before the seniors began trying their keys for a chance to win the vehicle, Harrison Vaughn, general manager of North Park Chevrolet Castroville, said the journey they went through to reach this point in life is more valuable than any material item.
“I want you to know that what it took for you to get here to be in the drawing to win this car will pay off much more for you in your future than what this car will,” he said. “I assure you. Congratulations for being here. Congratulations on graduating.”