Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lucky Student To Receive Free Kia Soul From Gary Rome Kia

Gary Rome Kia of Enfield will be giving away a brand new Kia Soul to one eligible student from Enrico Fermi High School.

Enfield, CT -- Education is the stepping stone to a successful life, to becoming a productive member of society, and to bettering the world at large.  The British writer Gilbert K. Chesterston once said, "Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."  The Gary Rome Kia dealership of Enfield, CT agrees that a good education is both timeless and priceless.  In concordance with this sentiment, Gary Rome Kia is holding a raffle to reward one deserving student at the local Enrico Fermi High School with his or her very own Kia Soul.

To qualify for an opportunity to win the raffle students had to show a dedication not only to their studies, but to outside interests and to their communities, as well.  Each potential winner has a grade point average of at least 8.0 out of 12.  He or she cannot have been absent more than 8 times, nor can he or she have any detentions, suspensions, expulsions, or been arrested in school or in the community.

Academics is only half the equation, though.  Being a good student also entails being well-rounded and socially active.  In order to earn a chance at the Kia Soul, each student must participate in at least 2 extracurricular activities in school.  Outside the schoolyard, each student must devote at least 50 hours of his or her own time to community service.

The drawing to declare the winner will take place Friday, June 1st.  Gary Rome Kia would like to recognize the achievements of all 14 finalists who qualified for the Kia Soul giveaway:

Stephen Ballard
Stephen is very talented and involved in the music program here at Fermi High School. Stephen has donated his time and expertise to the program by tutoring other students. He has also participated in the Program of Studies evening, Safe Graduation Auction, String Festival, Jazz Festival as well as working at the concession stand at some of the Boys home Basketball games.

Sean Bridges
Sean is a very active member in the Enfield community and has donated his time to many worthwhile causes. Some of these causes included the Enfield Food Shelf, 4th of July Road Race, Enfield Garden Club, Enfield Library Drop and Shop Event, Enfield’s Family Day Event and donations to NADA Women’s Shelter. His volunteer services do not stop there, for he has also had the ability to show his leadership as a co-facilitator of the Names Can Really Hurt Us Program.

Jennifer Coffey
Jen’s community service has involved helping her fellow students as well as stepping out into the community. Jen has been involved in various venues here at Fermi which include Fermi Fest, Freshman Orientation and LMC Tutoring. Her outside services span to include Toys for Joy Event, Rays of Hop Walk, Firefighters Book Drive and the Brownie Troop Pencil Project.

Bryan Cressotti
While overcoming obstacles of his own, Bryan still finds time to participate in many different activities and duties at a Child Development Center in East Windsor. His help and contributions to the center are greatly appreciated by not only the staff members but the families as well.

Gordon “Trey” Duggan
Trey has served the community well as a volunteer on the North Thompsonville Fire Department. He made his presence known during Winter Storm Alfred responding and assisting Enfield residents through emergency situations while supporting the other 5 fire departments in Enfield. He also serves the community on a daily basis through NTFD by responding to fire calls and attending weekly drills.

Michelle Cunha
Michelle is serving the Enfield community admirably by volunteering on the North Thompsonville Fire District #10 first as a cadet, and now as a regular volunteer firefighter. This developmental program has Michelle responding to emergency incidents and performing exercises to assist those in distress.

Marie Czarnecki
Marie is part of the LEO Club and has contributed many hours helping out our Senior Citizens within the community. Either it is a Holiday Party, Bowling or Rock-a-Thon at the Little Sisters of the Poor or a Pancake Breakfast at the Enfield Senior Center Marie is a welcomed volunteer. Mario also participates at a Physical Therapy Partners helping in the rehabilitation and wellness of their patients.

Alicia DiVito
Alicia has divided her community service hours assisting in numerous community service events held by the Enrico Fermi High School Instrumental Department as well as many outside organizations. With her music credentials being key, Alicia has assisted in the Enfield String Festival, Fermi Jazz Festival, Fermi Talent Show and new students to Music Freshman Orientation Program. Alicia has also volunteered at Shop Rite food drive, Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and Network against Domestic Abuse collecting items for women and children and then assembling them into baskets for delivery.

Allison Dufour
Alli is a skilled violinist and has volunteered many hours working with younger students as part of a music team helping them to hone their skills. Whether it is organizing practices, scheduling rehearsals or giving additional hours to make sure the music would be top notch, Alli has been an example for young people to follow.

Victor Hipolito
Victor’s community service has included a wide variety of volunteer hours serving his community, school and church. His array of service has incorporated a Pot-luck supper, Jack-O-Latern Festival—Lego Competition—Faculty Holiday party and as a church usher.

Kaycee Hubbard
Behind every charity is a group of volunteers who make things run smoothly. Kaycee Hubbard is one of those people. She has contributed many hours of service by hosting meals for the poor and needy at a soup kitchen facility located in Chicopee, MA. Kaycee has helped in meal preparation, serve and clean up. Besides being a great addition to the volunteer staff, Kaycee’s allegiance to individuals and families in need is heartwarming.

Matthew McKinney
Matt has been of assistance to his teachers by providing various services to them on a daily basis. Whether it be running copies, sorting files, setting up labs or making solutions Matt can be seen in every department here at Fermi High School willing to lend a hand and make every ones job a little easier. Matt also organized his Eagle Scout Project, allowing him to obtain the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting Program, as well as benefiting the community. Matt’s project was to paint and fix up the exterior of a church in East Windsor.

Maxwell Partyka
Max’s diversity has shown through by the variety of ways he has volunteered his time over the last year. It could be as simple as helping to prepare for Family Science Night, or playing his viola for the church orchestra every Sunday or a little more painful like donating blood at the Student Senate Blood Drive. Max has also enjoyed his time spent at the local food shelter or helping Friends of the Library at its annual book sale.

Kim Sweeney
Kim has volunteered over 80 hours in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Kim’s dependability, compassion and energy have made contributions to the lives of these residents by providing comfort and friendship is appreciated by both the staff and patients alike.


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

USAA Names Kia Sportage To 2012 Best Value List

Being a younger sibling myself, I know the feeling of sometimes being overshadowed by an older sibling.  In the overall Hyundai Corporation, which includes both Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors, it is Hyundai (especially the Elantra) that has been accumulating accolades and awards left and right.  But little sister Kia is catching up and making a name for herself as well.

2012 Kia Sportage
The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) came out with their second annual "Best Value" vehicles list, which identifies the top 2012 automobiles in 16 categories that give consumers the most bang for their buck.  The Kia Sportage was crowned "Best Value" in the small SUV category for the second consecutive year, recognized for offering a competitive price and low insurance costs as well as being one of the Small SUV Top Safety Picks for 2012 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

"The goal of the list is to help members identify vehicles that typically offer better safety ratings, lower insurance premium costs, higher fuel economy, better overall reliability and lower MSRP compared to other vehicles in the same category," said Steve Thompson, an assistant vice president at USAA.  "The Kia Sportage rose to the top as a vehicle that offers these key elements, making it a great buy for the value-minded consumer."

In addition to the "Best Value" list, the USAA also compiled a Top Ten for Teens list. The USAA commissioned a survey of parents asking what they value most in a car for their teenage children.  The top three parental considerations are reliability (81%), safety (73%), and affordable auto insurance (62%).  Another Kia model, the Kia Forte, ranks as one of their top ten cars based on these factors.

These new titles of high value are just some of the latest positive press Kia Motors is garnering.  Kia Motors America (KMA) has seen 20 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth, and has been saluted by NADAguides, a leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, by having three of its vehicles - Rio 5-Door SX, Forte SX and Soul + - named to the publication's "Most Versatile 2012 New Cars Under $20K" list. Kia placed more vehicles than any other automaker on the top ten list.

"Having three of our vehicles named to NADAguides' 'Most Versatile 2012 New Cars Under $20K' list validates how far our brand has come in terms of quality, packaging and features development in such a short period of time," said Orth Hedrick, director of product planning, KMA. "With the presence and eye-catching style of Rio, Forte and Soul, Kia's complete vehicle line is comprised of a wide breadth of capable offerings at very affordable price points."