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Follett Challenge’s Semifinalists, Video Winners Span the U.S.

Posted Mar 1, 2017
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With representation from schools spanning the country, organizers of the Follett Challenge today announced via video the 2017 competition’s three Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice winners. Sponsored by Follett, the sixth annual Follett Challenge – an advocacy program that rewards groundbreaking educational programs – will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students.

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. The three Semifinalists are:

· Elementary: USD 284 Chase County Elementary School; Strong City, Kan.; video: “Learning with Cattle”

· Middle: Highland Junior High School; Gilbert Public Schools; Mesa, Ariz.; video: “Friendship Project”

· High: Booker T. Washington High School; Escambia School District; Pensacola, Fla.; video: “Innovation Center Prepares Students for the 21st Century”

From the three, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen and announced April 28. 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:

1. John B. Alexander High School; United ISD; Laredo, Texas; video.

2. Marist High School; Chicago, Ill.; video.

3. McGee Middle School; Berlin Public Schools; Berlin, Conn.; video.

4. Deer Park Elementary School; Baltimore County Public Schools; Owings Mills, Md.; video.

5. Zela Davis Elementary School STEM Prep; Hawthorne, Calif.; video.

6. Pearsontown Elementary School; Durham Public Schools; Durham, N.C.; video.

7. Sunrise Elementary School; Cherry Creek Schools; Aurora, Colo.; video.

8. Marion High School; Marion, Ind.;video.

9. Mineola High School; Garden City Park, N.Y.; video.

10. Swan Valley High School; Swan Valley School District; Saginaw, Mich.; video.

John B. Alexander High School was the competition’s top vote getter with 10,163; Marist High School was second with 9,844.

Follett Challenge entrants must complete an online application and submit a video describing their program. The judges seek applications illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. All K-12 schools/districts, public and private, in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply.

For more information about the Follett Challenge, visit

Source: Follett,

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