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    Sheetz Awards Grand Prize in "Summer of Love" Contest

    The $25,000 will go to an aspiring teacher's college education.

    ALTOONA, Pa. -- Sheetz Inc. recently awarded Samantha Shumake, 19, of Statesville, N.C., the $25,000 grand prize in its "Made to Order Summer of Love Fantasy" sweepstakes.

    Shumake said in a statement the award will help fund her college education at Mitchell Community College, where she is a sophomore and studying to become a teacher.

    "I've got my college paid for now," she said, adding, "Well, some of it. This will help a bunch."

    Shumake was one of 26,239 Sheetz customers across North Carolina to enter the Summer of Love sweepstakes. Customers entered to win by signing up for the MySheetz Card loyalty program between June 22 and Aug. 21. MySheetz Cards are a great way to save money on gasoline purchases. Through the loyalty program, customers earn points toward discounts on fuel when they shop at Sheetz.

    "The Summer of Love has really been a lot of fun," Louie Sheetz, executive vice president of marketing at Sheetz, said in a statement. "Our customers love our fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, our great selection and our low prices. It's people like Samantha Shumake and all the other winners who make us what we are -- and we like to give the love right back."

    Shumake signed up for her MySheetz Card in July, at a Sheetz in Statesville. "I love that you can swipe your MySheetz Card, pump your gas and then go in and pay," she said in a statement. "The store is nice, it's clean and it has a big variety of stuff."

    Shumake also works part-time waiting tables and running the cash register at Julia's Talley House, a family-style restaurant her parents operate in Troutman, N.C.

    Besides the grand prize, Sheetz also gave away seven prizes of $1,500 each to the following customers:

    -- Mindy Tedder, Winston-Salem
    -- Brian Cobbs, High Point
    -- Valeana Stephens, Weaverville
    -- David Hayes, Trinity
    -- Jill Baldwin, Knightdale
    -- Pete Muhaluk, Statesville
    -- Paul Wojciechowski, Greenville


    The "Sheetz Summer of Love" campaign also awarded free tanks of gas, concert tickets and other prizes.

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