MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 28, 2018 – The Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Follett Challenge will be selected from among an elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska; a middle school in the Bronx, N.Y.; and a high school in Durham, N.C. In an online announcement today, organizers of the Follett Challenge unveiled the seventh annual competition's three diverse Semifinalists, as well as the 10 People's Choice winners.
The Follett Challenge again will reward $200,000 in products and services from Follett to the schools/districts that nominated their innovative educational programs which teach 21st century skills to students. A total of 133 schools/districts entered this year's competition. The 2018 Semifinalists are:
- Elementary: Tudor Elementary School; Anchorage School District; Anchorage, Alaska; video: "Young Global Citizens"
- Middle: MS 343 – Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology; Bronx, N.Y.; video: "Why We Debate"
- High: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; Durham, N.C.; video: "When Your Classroom Spans the State"
From the three, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen and announced April 27. The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, plus a celebration at their school. The other two each will earn $30,000 in products and services.
The video announcement also revealed the 10 People's Choice winners – those schools whose video submissions received the highest number of online votes from the public. Each of the winning schools earns $8,000 in Follett products and services. The top 10 are:
- Marist High School; Chicago; video
- Fairfield Independent School District; Fairfield, Texas; video
- Richard D. Hubbard School; Berlin School District; East Berlin, Conn.; video
- Agua Fria Union High School District; Goodyear, Ariz.; video
- Hemet Unified School District; Hemet, Calif.; video
- Elizabeth Green Elementary School; Newington (Conn.) Public Schools; video
- Mineola High School; Mineola Union Free School District; Garden City Park, N.Y.; video
- Tustin Unified School District; Tustin, Calif.; video
- West Shore Middle School/Milford Public Schools; Milford, Conn.; video
- Orchard Farm High School; Orchard Farm School District; St. Charles, Mo.; video
Marist High was easily the competition's No. 1 vote getter with 6,314 votes; Fairfield ISD finished in second place with 3,520 votes.
The scoring for this year's Semifinalists – singled out by elementary, middle and high schools – were 80 percent based on the judges' rubric and 20 percent based on the number of People's Choice votes received.
"Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Follett Challenge," Britten Follett, a fifth-generation Follett family and Follett Challenge team member, told entrants in the video announcement. "Your stories of innovation continue to inspire and are a testament to the hard work of each and every one of you."
Last year's Grand Prize winner was a 180-student elementary school in Strong City, Kansas. The two semifinalists were a middle school in Mesa, Ariz., and a high school in Pensacola, Fla.
For more information about the Follett Challenge, visit www.FollettChallenge.com; for more on Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com.
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