Skyline High School wins $15K in contest

By Josette Keelor

Skyline High School in Front Royal has won $15,000 to use however it wants.

There are no stipulations on how a school should use the prize from Safford of Winchester’s Cash for Schools contest, said Jon Flip, company general manager and vice president.

“It’s nice,” he said. “Everybody can use a little bit of extra money.”

Now in its second year, the contest started in spring 2013 when the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge dealership held its grand opening celebration.

“Part of our grand opening we decided two years ago,” he said. “… Instead of giving a car away or doing something what normally you do for grand openings and stuff, we said ‘Why not give money to a school and give back to the community?'”

The community was still coming off of the economic downfall he said, but needs in the Northern Shenandoah Valley were “a little different from Northern Virginia.”

“We just saw that there would be a great need to giving back,” he said.

Only high schools are eligible to win, and last year’s winner was Warren County High School in Front Royal — a fact that Principal Andrew Keller at Skyline felt certain encouraged votes for his own school this year.

“Oh, I’m sure it did,” Keller said. “I’m sure that brought out the competitiveness.”

He didn’t know of any official plans for rallying votes but said social networking must have played a big part in Skyline’s win.

“I think Facebook had a lot to do with it, in encouraging community supporting,” he said. “We are very, very happy and I guess honored to have won this contest.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, Keller and Filip still did not have details on when the check presentation from Safford would be. Keller also wasn’t sure yet how the school would use the money.

Now bigger in its second year, Filip said the contest attracted more high schools that are within the broadcast area of area iHeartMedia stations Q102, KISS 98.3, 99.3-FM, MIX 95.7 and Sports Talk 1550 AM.

The website at lists Skyline’s win with 30.64 percent of the vote, and Warren’s second-place raking with 16.32 percent.

Other eligible high schools were in the counties of Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah, the city of Winchester and West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson.

Filip said he hasn’t decided if he’ll resume the contest next year, but declared an interest in helping fund education.

“There’s clearly a need,” he said. “Even in our industry, we’re always looking for people who are educated.”

Last year’s event was a success, and “we just wanted to build on that and improve. It’s just one thing that we think we can do.”

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or>

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