"Live In to Win": What Would You Do to Win A Car?
By: Jennifer F., Roncalli Central High School, Port Saunders NF

Live in to Win

Six people. One car. Three weeks. What do all these things have in common? Shelley Gould. On October 7th, 2000 Shelley Gould, a resident of Port au Choix, Newfoundland entered the PT Cruiser in hopes that it would not only be her home for the next three weeks but that it would be her’s for life.

Shelley, who is a 20 year old University student was one of the lucky six chosen for the “Magic97, Live In To Win” contest. She and five other people have to live in a PT Cruiser parked at the Avalon Mall in St. John’s, Newfoundland for three weeks with only 15-minute timed breaks every three hours. If they go over their 15-minute time limit breaks or fail to live in the PT Cruiser for three weeks they will be disqualified.

Besides having to live in a PT Cruiser from October 7th to October 28th Shelley and the other five contestants faced another challenge. A “Cyber Council”was held to decide who would remain in the Cruiser. Online voting was held for the “Cyber Council” and the contestant who received the least amount of votes was “Banished” from the car. Shelley was 4th out of six contestants in the voting.

The last contestant left in the PT Cruiser must then answer a skill-testing question before claiming the Grand Prize, a new 2001 PT Cruiser. If there is more than one contestant left their names will be randomly drawn.

When Shelley was asked about her feelings toward the contest she said,“ This contest is really great. It is a real challenge as I am living with people in such a confined space whom I have never met before. I have the opportunity to make this an excellent adventure and I am going to do my best at winning that car, even if it does mean living in a PT Cruiser for three weeks.”

Shelley still remains in the car after the first week and half of the contest. If you wish to talk to or e-mail her you can do so by logging on to the website

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