Harvard, Marengo teens win free cars through Operation Click

Harvard, Marengo teens win free cars through Operation Click Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12:17 a.m. CDT CRYSTAL LAKE – Even though she knew what was about to happen, Cassidy Bowers’ hands still shook as she turned the key to a dark blue Ford Fiesta and the lights atop the car began flashing. As the last contestant in line during Operation Click’s annual car giveaway event, this year held inside Crystal Lake’s Holiday Inn, the Marengo High School junior knew the one remaining key would win her the car. “I was freaking out as each person before me went through and didn’t get it,” Bowers said, smiling in front of her new car. “Then it came down to me and another girl, and when she didn’t get it, I was just like, ‘Wow, this is it.’ ” It was one of two Ford Fiestas given away as part of Operation Click’s teen safe driving program. Bowers and Harvard High School senior Katie Wright were the two lucky winners out of 21 students from 14 schools in McHenry and Kane counties. Each student signed a safe driving contract at the start of the year and a number were drawn at random, putting those students in the running for a free car. Each teen got to select a key and the two that started the cars won. For years, Operation Click has focused its attention on seat belt safety, but the organization’s vice president, Nick Pyan, said they’re starting to emphasize other things, such as texting and driving and passenger limits. Born of a partnership between the Crystal Lake Police Department,...