TAMPA, Fla. - After 13 years of perfect school attendance, Joshua Quiggle had a chance at winning a new vehicle.
Quiggle, who graduated from Newsome High School in Lithia last month, was eligible to participate in the Hillsborough County Public Schools' Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance Giveaway on Tuesday.
He was the only student who couldn't make the event, so his mother, Wanda, stood in for him.
Wanda, along with five students with perfect K-12 attendance and 10 others with perfect attendance for at least one high school year, took turns turning a key that potentially opened a Toyota Yaris from Toyota of Tampa Bay.
As she held a ruler with her son's picture taped to it, Wanda jumped for joy when her key opened the vehicle's door.
"Oh my gosh, I'm so excited for him and I just, it's unbelievable," she said excitedly. "He worked really hard. 13 years of perfect attendance, and there were definitely days where he didn't want to go, but he got up and did it...this is life changing."
Joshua had a pretty good reason for not turning the key himself.
He's in basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
With no cell phone, he will learn of his new vehicle through a letter from his mother.
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