Isaac Blanco is too young to drive, but he’s got a stellar report card – and now a brand new set of wheels as his reward.
The Hoover High School sophomore, who is still a few months shy of his 16th birthday, was the winner at the Big Fresno Fair Wednesday of a brand new Toyota Corolla for maintaining a grade point average of 4.0 or above.
The fair race track was packed with thousands of family, friends and students who participated in The Big Fresno Fair 4.0 & Above Program.
The smell of corn dogs filled the stands while local high school and middle school students waited to hear if their names were drawn for prizes that included gift cards, iPads, laptops and college scholarships.
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The grand prize was the 2016 Toyota.
One condition of the contest was that the winner had to be present. Blanco almost didn’t make it to the fair in time.
A guidance counselor from Hoover had to make some calls to get Blanco and his twin brother to the fair.
“The boys were having a hard time getting here, and it’s a miracle that they won,” the counselor, Sheng Her, said. “We called (their) dad, and dad was able to get off work and bring them here.”
Her said both Isaac and his brother work hard and deserve the prize.
Isaac wants to go to college to study engineering, and now he has a car that will get him there when the time comes.
How do I turn it on?
Isaac Blanco, 15
“I was shocked. I thought I was going to cry,” Isaac said.
The Hoover High football player was speechless as he was handed the keys.
“How do I turn it on?” he asked the people taking his picture.
Isaac’s brother, Harvey, was ecstatic for his younger brother – younger by seconds, that is.
Harvey greeted his brother on the track with a hug, and he said he thanks God for his brother’s win.
But will Isaac let Harvey drive his new prize?
“Maybe, maybe not. I hope so,” Harvey said.
Isaac said there’s no doubt he’ll let his brother drive.
“Of course I will,” Isaac said. “He’s my best buddy.”
4.0 & Above recipients
$100 Visa gift card: Syann Vue, John Sutter Middle School; Christian Phengdara, Elizabeth Terronez Middle; Natalie Cecilia Garzon, Fort Miller Middle
iPad Air: Sony Vang, Washington Academic Middle
Laptop: Leah Bowen, Alta Sierra Intermediate; Simranjeet Sekhon, Baird Middle
$1,500 Melissa & Michael DerManouel Jr. Scholarship: Haylee Kelton, Glacier Point Middle
$1,500 PG&E Scholarship: Dayle Edinborough, Sierra Junior High; Avan Chalensouk, Clark Intermediate; Amber Amos, El Capitan Middle; Montserrat Galindo, Coalinga Middle
$1,500 Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community (PINC) Scholarship: Maria Duenas, Sequoia Middle; Sophia Gonzalez, Reyburn Intermediate
$100 Visa gift card: Kenneth Phommahasay, Edison; Bethany Vang, Clovis East; Laurel Holden, Central West
iPad Air: Toshiki Naito, Clovis North; Joshua Ochoa, Clovis North
Laptop: Melissa Marquez, Kingsburg; Dilshan Kaur, Central West; Jacob Anaya, Kingsburg; Lilly Reyes, Clovis West
$3,000 Bob & Brent Smittcamp Scholarship: Lillian Harris, Clovis North; Klaryssa Reyes, Reedley; Katelyn Meek, Central West
$3,000 Robert & Barbara Vartan Scholarship: Gwyneth Quitorio, Clovis West
$3,000 Robbie & Michelle Vartan Scholarship: Maria Araseli Gamez, Mendota
$3,000 Belmont Nursery Scholarship: Jonathan Hurtado, Central
$3,000 Butler Amusements Scholarship: Adriana Gudino, Parlier
$3,000 Nikki & David Nalchajian Scholarship: Jirapon Sirikul, Clovis East
$3,000 Educational Employees Credit Union Scholarship: Alyssa Flores, Sanger
$3,000 Fresno Police Officers Association Scholarship: Alexis Carter, Central East
$3,000 Mid Valley Disposal Scholarship: Gage Sturgeon, Clovis
$3,000 Nalchajian Orthodontics Scholarship: Tyler Marez, Clovis West
$3,000 Credit Card Guys Scholarship: Kimberly Madrigal, Kerman
$3,000 Meyers Farms Family Trust Scholarship: Brendan Roberts, Selma; Kinzie Santillan, Fowler; Ashley Ortega, Laton; Adam Witrago, Central East; Bianca Plascencia, Buchanan; Carson Trigueiro, Caruthers; Cleo Yang, Sanger; Sharon Winn, Sierra; Harrison Feerst, Clovis North; Mitchel Alan Hutcheson, Bullard
2016 Toyota Corolla: Isaac Blanco, Hoover