Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
Bedford students participating in the 2018 Tenacity Challenge include Nicolas Bussee, Tyler Clachar, Adoni Cruz, Samantha Gallant, Adrianna Harris-Carvalho, Ryan Knight, Tracie Lewis, Matthew McMillian, Belen Ou, Matias Ou, Monique Parker, Tatianna Parker, Reymer Peguero, Jonathan Pierre, Ny’Asia President, Laney Tillman, and Rahim Williams
“Our kids have been working diligently with their advisors Nicole Stewart, Lisa Morrison and Beth Billouin throughout these last couple of months preparing themselves to take on the task of going up against 34 different teams all throughout Massachusetts,” said Akil Mondesir, Bedford’s METCO coordinator.
The Latino and African American Tenacity Challenge is an annual academic scholarship competition for teams of Latino and African-American students from urban and suburban high schools across Massachusetts. Recommended team size is 6 (may not be larger than 6) students allowing for several members of each team to “specialize” in an area of the challenge preparation. During the extended period of preparation, students build academic capacity, strengthen intellectual risk-taking and develop enduring peer and faculty relationships.
The Tenacity Challenge competition will consist of four events centered around the theme of tenacity and leadership. The competition will take place on March 24, 2018. Each team will determine its own division of labor in order to prepare for the four events:
- Science and Math Quiz Bowl Challenge (Physics, Chemistry, Algebra I, Geometry)
- Latino and African-American Literature Response Challenge (Filmed Performance of a Creative Response, Accompanied by a Rationale)
- History Argument Challenge (Team will research and argue a position before a panel of judges)
- Tenacity Mural Challenge– artistic creation completed prior to the competition date and displayed at the competition.
A range of points will be earned for each event (see rubrics). The highest scoring teams for each event will be recognized with certificates or trophies. The winners of the overall competition (highest cumulative points) will win scholarships. Each member of the first place team will win a $1,000 scholarship; second place, a $500 scholarship; and third place, a $300 scholarship.
Volunteers are still welcome to help with Tenacity Challenge – Click this link to learn more: https://www.signupgenius.com/go