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Contest for Students

We are inviting Tennessee public school students in grades 3-12 to submit an original essay, photo story, or video that tells us about a time one of their teacher went above and beyond to help them learn something new or overcome a challenge. What did the teacher do? What did the student do? How will the experience help the student in the future?
SCORE wants to know more about the great learning that is happening every day in classes, schools, and districts across our state, and we are inviting Tennessee public school students in grades 3-12 to enter the 2015 Students Rise to the Challenge (SRTTC ) scholarship competition. The winners will receive a $1,000 college scholarship OR a $500 college scholarship and their choice of an Apple iPad Air or an HP Laptop.

Also, the teachers who helped submit or inspire the winning entries will be awarded a $250 Donors Choose gift card.

To enter, students should submit an original essay, collection of photographs, or a video that addresses this prompt:

Tell us about a time your teacher went above and beyond to help you learn something new or overcome a challenge. What did your teacher do? What did you do? How will this help you in the future?

The students will get the opportunity to present their winning entry at the SCORE Prize Event, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Monday, October 26, 2015.

To help students get started, here are a few examples:

Make a video of yourself reading your favorite poem, explaining what it means using methods teachers have taught you in class. Don’t forget to act it out! Take photos of different science experiments your science teacher is leading you on. Create a video showing how your teacher helped you master long division.

The Students Rise to the Challenge competition values creativity and originality, so we encourage teachers and students to think outside the box when crafting your entries.




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