Angie McCune, a Wamego teacher who lives in Manhattan, was the lucky winner of a new car Monday evening.
Nine educators from Topeka and the surrounding area gathered at Capital City Nissan.
Each was given a small envelope containing a key. One by one, they tried their keys in the ignition of a 2013 Nissan Versa S sedan to see if it would start.
McCune, a third-grade teacher at West Elementary School in Wamego, was fifth. Her key did the trick.
“I worked really hard not to get my hopes up,” McCune told the Topeka Capital Journal.
McCune was one of nine teachers featured on Kansas First News Teacher of the Month throughout the 2012-13 school year.
Each of the featured teachers had a shot at winning the car from Capital City Nissan.
On Monday, each educator selected a bag numbered one through nine.
Then they lined up in numerical order and placed a key in the ignition.
While eight of the teachers didn’t win a new car, everyone received a gift bag and free oil changes for a year from Capital City Nissan of Topeka.
“I’ve never actually had a brand new car,” said McCune.
This is the ninth year Capital City Nissan has given away a vehicle to the Teacher of the Year, said Tom Hood, general manager of the dealership.