Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Teen's dilemma: Take new car or $20K?



By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Today's a big decision day for 17-year-old Billy Kramer.

The Lakota East High School senior must decide whether he wants $20,000 cash or a new car. He will announce his decision during halftime of the 7:30 p.m. varsity basketball game against the Mason Comets.

"All my friends have been talking about it,'' said Billy, of West Chester Township. "I'm getting mixed reaction. More are leaning toward the money, but the girls are a little more toward the car - a red Mustang convertible."

Billy's name was drawn last month during a convention of the 400-member Senior Photographers International.

Each studio had seniors it photographed fill out an entry.

"My parents want me to take the money," Billy said. "The plus for the car is, I'd be able to drive it around and everybody would see me. The plus for the money is long term. It would help pay for college and I wouldn't have as much debt."

Billy was one of 240,000 seniors who filled out entries, said Russ McLaughlin, whose McLaughlin Studio Inc. took his senior picture. Two years ago, the winning senior was from Fairfield.




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