Ten semi-finalists are competing in SCORE’s 2013 Students Rise to the Challenge scholarship competition.

They have produced videos to tell their stories about innovative things happening in their classrooms and schools that make them excited about learning and better prepared for their futures. Their videos make it clear there are some pretty interesting things going on in Tennessee schools, from spending a class in a freezer, to reading and studying in a media center, to running an online video network, to attending math academy.

Tennessee public school students in grades three through twelve submitted dozens of entries for Students Rising to the Challenge, and now we need your help to pick the best. The three finalists will come to Nashville on October 28 for the SCORE Prize event, where they will meet country music star Jo Dee Messina and find out who wins the competition and a $500 scholarship.

The semi-finalists are listed below in alphabetical order. Watch the videos, pick your favorite, and then cast your vote by going to SCORE’s Facebook page. Hurry! We must have your vote by 5 p.m. Central, October 11.



1. Ruben Ball, fifth grade, Meigs Magnet, Metro Nashville Schools


2. Erika Barragan, South Side High, Jackson-Madison County Schools

3. Alexis Bradby, Maryville High, Maryville City Schools

4. Catherine Bright, sixth grade, Philadelphia Elementary, Loudon County Schools

5. Lindsey Callis, senior, South Side High, Jackson-Madison County Schools


6. Taylor Jones, sixth grade, Rose Park Magnet, Metro Nashville Schools

7. Gabe Mann, seventh grade, Ocoee Middle, Bradley County Schools


8. Sarah Martin, senior, Hillwood High, Metro Nashville Schools

9. Taylor Parker and Camaryn Upshaw, seniors, John Overton Comprehensive High, Metro Nashville Schools.

10. Jo-Nyla Walker, fifth grade, Germanshire Elementary, Shelby County Schools