O'Gormon High School students had quite the surprise Wednesday morning!
The school was just one of 100 schools chosen out of more than 3,000 across the U.S. to receive a $25,000 grant through State Farm's 'Celebrate my Drive' program.
It started out as a normal day for students at O'Gorman High School. They went to class, morning Mass and then a special assembly for their annual Thanksgiving speeches.
But this year's assembly was a little different.
"We worked real hard to keep it really secretive from our students. We had one schedule for them, our teachers were on a different schedule and so it was really a stealth operation from behind the scenes. and our staff pulled it off as well as we could have," said Kyle Groos, O'Gorman High School Principal.
After students thought Thanksgiving speeches were over, O'Gorman Principal Kyle Groos told them to close their eyes. He then announced that their school had won $25,000.
"I had no idea. I was really shocked when all those balloons fell and everything. It was truly a surprise," said Caelan Markstrom, O'Gorman junior.
Through the 'Celebrate my Drive' program created by State Farm, O'Gorman High School tallied up thousands of votes online. Each vote was a pledge to be a safe driver.
"I have my license, yeah. I try not to text and drive but I think after this drive, it's really taught me I got to put my phone down and away," said Danny Fritz, O'Gorman junior.
10 percent of the funds are to be used to support ongoing teen driver safety efforts.
"Our driver's ed. program will directly benefit from the grant. We are going to allocate dollars from this grant to that for that purpose to help us be better informed drivers as we train our young people to drive," said Groos.