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Students awarded iPods, computers for attendance

William Ferchland

While it’s tough to argue a laptop or iPod is better than a truck or car, there is no debate an Apple computer product is a nice reward for rarely missing a day of school.

Twelve students at South Tahoe High School were bestowed with either iPods or laptop computers courtesy of Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams (STAT).

Once focused on fundraising to maintain athletic programs at the high school and middle school two years ago, STAT has refocused on supplying rewards to those with perfect or near-perfect attendance.

Overall, higher attendance means more money to Lake Tahoe Unified School District from the state.

Last year, sophomore Jessica Honeycutt, who had a 97 percent attendance rate, won a Toyota Tacoma out of 15 contestants.

This year, seven students who had perfect attendance along with five students selected via a lottery each received an Apple product, with the grand prize being an Apple MacBook Pro.

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Assistant Principal Jack Stafford said he preferred this year’s giveaway strategy.

“I’m more happy because everybody gets something,” he said.

The iPods and computers were purchased through Round Hill’s Computer Base Tahoe at wholesale cost.

Last month district officials announced attendance numbers, and the additional state money that accompanies such bumps. South Tahoe High School increased its attendance by 1 percent, meaning $34,258 each for the school and the district.

In the eyes of Peter Grant of STAT, the increase in the school’s attendance level is a testament to the attendance awards.

“There is no question the program is a success,” he said.