2014 Students Rise to the Challenge: Call for Entries

Attention Tennessee students!

It’s time to enter the next Students Rise to the Challenge Competition, a chance for you to speak out about the great learning that is happening every day in your classes, schools, and districts – and to win a $250 scholarship.

Students know first-hand that their teachers are working hard to prepare them for success after high school with learning they will use in the real world, whether going to college or career. To help others understand how this work is changing lives, SCORE is inviting Tennessee public school students in grades 3-12 to submit an original essay, song, poem, or video that addresses one of the following:

  • Grades 3-5: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your classes.
  • Grades 6-8: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your science or social studies classes.
  • Grades 9-12: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your math or English classes.

 

To get you started, here are a few examples. Write a song to explain how learning about the different types of clouds can help you predict the weather. Create a video showing how your algebra skills help you split a bill in a restaurant. Please don’t feel that you are limited to these ideas! SCORE values creativity and originality, so we encourage you to think outside the box when crafting your entries.

2012 Students Rising to the Challenge winner Rolanda Mack with Senator Bill Frist and Jamie Woodson of SCORE.

2012 Students Rising to the Challenge winner Rolanda Mack with Senator Bill Frist and Jamie Woodson of SCORE.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Central on Monday, September 15, 2014. Please note, students must work singly on their entries and we cannot accept team submissions. Read more about how to prepare and submit your entry.

After semifinalists are selected, a poll on SCORE’s Facebook page will determine the finalists in each category. Finalists will be interviewed before the winners are selected. Follow the hashtags #SCOREprize and #TNrttc on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the excitement.

Winners will be awarded a $250 college scholarship and will share their work at the SCORE Prize event on Monday, October 27, in Nashville. Fellow students, educators from across Tennessee, and special guest performer Dustin Lynch will all be present at the event.

Students Rise to the Challenge is a way for Tennessee to hear from those who are most affected by the work to raise academic achievement: our students. Start working on your entry today!

 

 

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Mary Cypress Metz

Mary Cypress directs SCORE’s outreach program, targeting and engaging stakeholders across the state to reinforce Tennessee’s shared goal that every student graduates high school prepared for college and the workforce. Prior to joining SCORE, Mary Cypress taught seventh-grade math as a Teach For America corps member in Nashville. Originally from Mississippi, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Alabama and her master’s in education from Lipscomb University.

The SCORE Sheet is the online conversation on public education reform in Tennessee and is hosted by SCORE. The blog mirrors SCORE’s collaborative nature and features contributors from Tennessee and across the country including students, parents, teachers, policymakers, community groups, and members of SCORE’s team. Regardless of perspective, contributors share a common goal: that every child graduates from high school prepared for college or the workforce.

Posts on The SCORE Sheet are the opinions of the individual contributors and are not necessarily reflective of the opinions and positions of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).