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Robert Lince Elementary wins $100,000

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SELAH, Wash. -- A Selah elementary school takes top prize in U.S. Cellular's "Calling all Communities Contest."

The excitement was like children on Christmas morning, screaming, dancing and lots of smiling faces as hours of campaigning paid off for the students, staff and parents of Robert Lince Elementary. They're getting $100,000 from the US Cellular competition.

School leaders had to keep the win a secret for about a week, telling staff and students Thursday's assembly was a safety drill.

"The kids actually came in very quite and we accomplished the drill as well as the surprise," said Susan Petterson, principal, Robert Lince Elementary.

Community votes and a lot of campaigning carried Robert Lince to victory, beating out around 7,000 schools nationwide. Even though Robert Lince took home the prize the whole district is benefiting. School leaders plan to split the money between the five schools in the district and each school will decide how to use the money.