Graduate For Más Challenge Round Two Winners

Find out if your school took the prize!


This Spring, 770 high schools in 32 states across the country participated in the Graduate for Más Challenge. The Challenge, funded by the Taco Bell Foundation, is designed to motivate students to make an explicit commitment to their education and participate in digital activities aimed at helping young people reach their personal, educational and career goals. In past years, active schools have seen their participation contribute to broader school improvements including increases in attendance rates, college acceptance rates and FAFSA completion rates.

A couple of highlights during round #2 include:

  • One in five students in participating high schools have made the promise to graduate and are part of the Graduate for Más community
  • More than 20,000 students completed the Graduate for Más badge, giving students the information they need to use education to fuel their passions including: learning about the importance of getting to school every day, applying for Get Schooled
  • Through their work in the Challenge, Get Schooled and the Taco Bell Foundation will distribute more than $45,000 in grants to schools across the country.

Academies of Education and Empowerment in Carson, CA and Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California have each earned a $5,000 grant!

We also want to congratulate all the round #2 regional winners, who will each receive a $1,000 grant for leading their region this Spring!

It’s not too late to earn a $500 school grant. You can use it towards senior activities, graduation or scholarships for your students. Schools still have a chance to unlock the box until June 2nd!

  • Baldwin High School, Jacksonville, FL: Florida Region
  • Bath High School, Lima, OH: Mid-West Region 1
  • Long Beach Senior High School, Long Beach, MS: Gulf Coast Region 2
  • Atchison High School, Atchison, KS: Kansas City Region
  • Jefferson High School, Monroe, MI: Detroit Region 1
  • Clear Lake High, Lakeport, CA: Bay Area Region 1
  • Springtown High School, Springtown, TX: Dallas Region 1
  • Pepperell High School, Lindale, GA: Georgia Region
  • Greenbrier High School, Greenbrier, AR: Arkansas/Kentucky Region
  • Klein Collins High School, Spring, TX: Houston Region
  • Lincoln Park High School, Lincoln Park, MI: Detroit Region 2
  • McCutcheon High School, Lafayette, IN: Indiana Region
  • White Oak High School, Jacksonville, NC: Carolinas Region
  • Pen Argyl Area High School, Pen Argyl, PA: Mid-Atlantic Region 1
  • Moon Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Region
  • Kinder High School, Kinder, LA: Gulf Coast Region 1
  • Thomas A. Edison High School, Elmira Heights, PA: Pennsylvania/WNY Region
  • United High School, Laredo, TX: South Central Region
  • Valley View High School, Germantown, OH: Ohio Region
  • Wesclin Sr High School, Trenton, IL: Missouri Region
  • Billy Ryan High School, Denton, TX: Dallas Region 2
  • Wicomico High School, Salisbury, MD: Mid-Atlantic Region 2
  • Varnado High School, Angie, LA: New Orleans Region
  • San Elizario High School, San Elizario, TX: El Paso Region

Now is your chance to give us your feedback about the Challenge. Your feedback is valuable and is utilized to improve student and educator experiences.

Congratulations again to all of our winners! Thank you to all the teachers, counselors, administrators, and students for making this a successful Challenge! If you have any photos or videos you would like to share from the Challenge please email them directly to