American Graduate Storytelling Contest

The American Graduate Storytelling Contest was designed for students at-risk of dropping out of high school, due to a personal challenge, to share their success stories - specifically about a Champion who helped them overcome their odds.

WVIZ/PBS ideastream Education, in partnership with Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Get2School Attendance Campaign, sought entries from 9th through 12th grade. Over 160 students from 18 CMSD high schools entered the contest.

ideastream received written narratives, video and audio recordings, poetry, sculptures, paintings and sketches. The entries illustrated the students’ will to succeed and the ways in which they overcame social, academic, physical and emotional challenges to stay in school. Every entry highlighted the role that a caring and consistent adult can play in the lives of young people.

From the pool of entries received, ideastream staff and community partners scored and selected the top 30 semi-finalists and top 10 finalists. The top 5 scored entries received Grand Prizes as well as the opportunity to be featured during the Celebration of Champions event on January 20, 2016.

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