High school students earn scholarships with creativity


The Mighty Morphin’ Flower Arrangers, a team of students from Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala., won the Project Innovation: The Start Here, Go Places Competition of Creative Excellence.

For the project, high school student teams from around the country submitted ideas for a new feature on the Start Here, Go Places. website. A panel of judges selected 10 finalist teams, whose written proposals were then posted to the website. After a public vote, the finalists presented their ideas via Skype to the final round judge, who evaluated their ideas and presentation.

The winning team received a $3,000 scholarship to be split among the team’s members, as well as a $3,000 educational grant for their school. The team consisted of students JaJuan Carter and Jordan Middleton, with Madge Gregg serving as their faculty adviser.

The winners’ submission focused on taking an existing board game and converting the focus to accounting, with the goal of increasing the number of teenagers visiting the site and the amount of time they spend there.

The second-place team, also from Hoover High School, received a $2,000 scholarship, to be split among its members, and a $2,000 grant. The third-place team from Caddo Mills High School in Caddo Mills, Texas, received a $1,000 scholarship and a $1,000 grant.

For more information on the finalists and their submissions, visit tinyurl.com/87cg3xo.

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