The Students Rise to the Challenge scholarship competition has picked 14 semifinalists to compete for three $250 scholarships. Now, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) is asking for your help determining the finalists.
The competition provides a way for students to add their voices to the conversation that is helping to shape the future of education. Tennessee public school students in grades 3-12 were invited to submit essays or videos on three topics related to the education priorities identified in SCORE’s 2013-14 State of Education in Tennessee report:
- • How is technology being used in your classroom to help you learn?
- • What innovative things is your school doing to prepare you for college or your career?
- • What do higher standards mean to you?
SCORE team members used a scoring rubric to select the semifinalists.
Now it’s time for you to weigh in with your opinion. First, view the semifinalists’ work by clicking on the names in the list below. Second, go to the SCORE Facebook page to vote for your favorite in our online poll. You will be able to vote for one finalist for each topic.
Hurry! The Facebook poll closes at 4 p.m. Central on February 20.
Congratulations to these semifinalists and may the best work win! (The names are listed in alphabetical order.)
How is technology being used in your classroom to help you learn?
- Sydney Griffin, 10th grade, Jackson-Madison County, essay
- Noah Jackson, 11th grade, Milan Special School District, essay
- Deidra Shores, 11th grade, Shelby County Schools, video
- Ty Wadley, 12th grade, Jackson-Madison County, essay
- Drew Welch, 12th grade, Williamson County Schools, video
What innovative things is your school doing to prepare you for college or your career?
- Gracie Dunn, 4th grade, Rutherford County Schools, essay
- Sarah Harper, 6th grade, Loudon County Schools, essay
- Video Production Team, 10th grade, Loudon County Schools, video
- Josh Witt, 11th grade, Knox County Schools, video
What do higher standards mean to you?
- Lindsey Callis, 12th grade, Jackson- Madison County, essay
- Corbin Cowden, 8th grade, Washington County Schools, essay
- Cheryl Rodriguez, 6th grade, Cumberland County Schools, essay
- Tristan Smith, 12th grade, Maryville City Schools, essay
- Ashlin Wildun, 12th grade, Metro Nashville Public Schools, essay
Finalists will go through an interview with the SCORE team. The scholarship winners will be announced on February 28, 2014.