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Buy A Vote (At McD's, Not The Polls)

POTTSTOWN PA – Tonight, primary election night (Tuesday, May 19, 2009) across Pennsylvania, may be the only time you can actually can buy a vote in the Pottsgrove School District.

Gabrielle Schurr.

Gabrielle Schurr.

No, it’s got nothing to do with candidates running for public office. The votes counted tonight at the McDonald’s Restaurant, 1428 E. High St., will be pennies donated to choose Pottsgrove High School senior Gabrielle “Gabby” Schurr as winner of the homecoming queen competition for the borough’s Independence Day celebration.

Schurr, who represents Pottsgrove in the friendly battle with other queen nominees from Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts, and St. Pius X high schools, will visit McDonald’s from 4:30-7:30 p.m. to meet supporters and solicit donations. The money she and other nominees collect help defray the cost of July 4 fireworks and other expenses of the three-day holiday bash at Pottstown’s Memorial Park.

The one who collects the most will be named homecoming queen.

That’s a feat she’s dreamed of “since I was a little girl,” Schurr says. “It would be a very big honor … a life-long memory.” To help make it happen, 20 percent of all sales made by McDonald’s during Shurr’s visit will be donated by the restaurant in her name to the penny-a-vote contest.

Schurr is active in varsity soccer, in which she’s earned letters during the past three years; varsity lacrosse, for which she is team captain; the Key Club, History Club, Varsity Club, Executive Council, and is a member of The Pottsgrovian yearbook staff. She’s also been voted by her classmates as “Best Personality in Senior Superlatives.”

Outside school, Schurr volunteers as a high school soccer camp counselor, and participates in litter pick-ups, bake sales, the Pottstown Area Relay for Life, local community meals and soup kitchen programs, and the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She is employed part-time by The 422 SportsPlex in Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township as a party host and office worker.

Next fall Shurr is scheduled to attend Shippensburg University, where she hopes to major in psychology and education, with an eye on becoming an elementary school guidance counselor.

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