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With the turn of a key, Valencia student wins new car

Posted: April 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 22, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Valencia High School junior Taylor Morrison turns the winning key to her brand new 2014 Nissan Versa during Monday's Nissan car giveaway raffle at College of the Canyons. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo.


As the school winds down, local high schoolers got fired up at the chance to win a new car from Nissan of Valencia during the third annual Nissan Car Giveaway at COC's Cougar Stadium in Valencia.

With a turn of the winning key, Valencia High School student Taylor Morrison heard the engine of the 2014 Nissan Versa come alive — a sound she'll come to know well as the vehicle's new owner.

Hart district students with a school attendance rate of 97 percent or higher entered the raffle to win the car, as well as other prizes.



ohhyaa: Posted: April 22, 2014 7:16 a.m.

Thank you Dan Sterkle, Valencia Nissan, home of the 99$ down delivers :). I've been going to this event with my Junior/Senior kids for years. I would say that last night had the most raffle sponsors that I'm aware of. It was fun watching the kids win prizes.

missyJk: Posted: April 22, 2014 8:34 a.m.

Congratulations to the winner Taylor, how exciting and to the sponsors who help make it happen

scvmom87cp: Posted: April 22, 2014 10:07 a.m.

Thank you to Nissan of Valencia and the Hart District. Last night definitely had the most gift cards and prizes. It is a great way to reward our dedicated students. My daughter a Senior was thrilled to win a prize. Congrats to all of the winners, many of whom we knew. Looking forward to attending in the coming years with my younger child.

17trillion: Posted: April 22, 2014 10:26 a.m.

I wonder if Taylor or her parents will be as excited to get the tax bill?

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: April 22, 2014 11:47 a.m.

I'll absorb that tax bill if I get a FREE new car, no problem. Congrats, Taylor!!

My2cents: Posted: April 22, 2014 11:51 a.m.

Probably more excited that having to buy the car too....duh!

Vtown123: Posted: April 22, 2014 12:09 p.m.

I love that the dealerships do this. Congrats Taylor!

17trillion: Posted: April 22, 2014 12:15 p.m.

I didn't say it wasn't a good deal but it is well known that many times people who win big prizes are a bit surprised later on when they have to write a large check.

In any event, congrats Taylor!

bobforte: Posted: April 22, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Exactly 17trillion. Many don't realize this is taxed income now and has to be reported. Still a good deal.

The same happens to those who appear on home renovation shows. All is great until they get the W-2 saying how much was put into the house and now they owe income taxes on it.

SReilly12: Posted: April 22, 2014 1:36 p.m.

@bobforte - W-2 ='s earnings only. They would receive a 1099 on this.

tgiprize: Posted: April 22, 2014 2:37 p.m.

Let's not forget about insurance. Congrats!

chefgirl358: Posted: April 22, 2014 4:17 p.m.

I'm happy for Taylor, good job kiddo!

When I was a kid my friend's mom went on Wheel of Fortune. She won a car and all sorts of exotic vacations, etc. She ended up owing something like tens of thousands of dollars in taxes on all of her "Prizes." That was a big eye opener for me. It's true what they say, nothing in life is free.

livelovelead: Posted: April 22, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Since she is a teenager and probably has little to no income, would she still need to pay taxes? If so, is it based on the amount of the car or adding the value to her taxable income?

SReilly12: Posted: April 22, 2014 8:31 p.m.

@livelovelead - Age and her income has nothing to do with taxes. If her parents are claiming her.........her parents will get stuck with the bill. --edited.

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