Middle School Tenacity Challenge Is Saturday

March 15, 2023

The Tenacity Challenge, middle school version, is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bedford High School.

Seventeen suburban and urban teams, comprising almost 100 African-American and Latinx students, will compete in several academic contests. Teams will be from as close as Concord and Lexington and as far as Walpole.

A special feature will be a talk by Danae Bucci, reporter for television station WCVB and a 2015 Bedford High School graduate.

Akil Mondesir, diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator for the Bedford schools, encouraged spectators. “We welcome everyone in town to experience the day,” he said.

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Mondesir, who is also the schools’ METCO coordinator, said this is the seventh year of the middle school event. The high school Tenacity Challenge is planned for April 29.

One addition is the expansion of the math challenge to science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM), Mondesir said. He thanked Kim Comeiro, instructional coach in the middle school library, for organizing the challenge subjects.

Superintendent of Schools Philip Conrad expects to be present, Mondesir said, along with Jon Sills, immediate past superintendent, who launched the original Tenacity Challenge. Principals Heather Galante and John Hartunian of BHS and JGMS, respectively, are on the guest list, along with volunteers from the Parents Diversity Council and Bedford Embraces Diversity, Mondesir reported. 

He also is hopeful that some BHS alumni will be on hand to assist, along with current high-school senior Kelly Aweh-Kisob.

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