17-18 Graduate for Más Student Ambassador Team of the Week!

Congratulations to the all the following schools for winning the Student Ambassador Team of the Week for the Graduate for Más Challenge! For this award, they each won PS Vitas to take home! Check out their winning formulas below!

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    Long Beach Senior High School

    Rank 7 


    How has the Challenge impacted your school? 

    First, it has given us the chance to work together as a team to create and implement ideas. This has given us the opportunity to practice leadership skills. As far as our school, it has students coming together to discuss graduation. To hear seniors talk about the FAFSA and to know what that is, is pretty cool!

    What are your favorite things about the Challenge? 

    We like that each student has the freedom to work and earn as many points as possible. It has been an incentive and something seen as fun, rather than just another obligation.

    What are the best methods/tactics you’ve used to spread the word about the challenge? 

    We have rolled our computer carts into classrooms to discuss the challenge and help students get started. In the classes that are "too crunched for time," we were able to set up and email the account information to students who were interested.

    What are some skills your Student Ambassador team have developed so far? 

    Patience! Sometimes the games won't load, and sometimes students aren't interested. Also, we have learned how to communicate better because we are constantly talking with teachers and students.

    What are you all most proud of in the Challenge? 

    We have achieved some of the minor goals we set. We did not achieve the President's Day challenge, but we did not give up.

    Tara High School

    Rank 8

    How has the Challenge impacted your school? It informed students on college and preparing for it. It gave them a strive to meet a goal.

    What are your favorite things about the Challenge? It’s not only polls, but games, articles, videos and diversity of each task.

    What are the best methods/tactics you’ve used to spread the word about the challenge? Door to door to each classroom speaking to my peers. I also informed them during lunch and in the hallways.

    What is the most difficult thing your team faced in the Challenge? Students not wanting to sign up. Students not having hope about the challenge.

    What are some skills your Student Ambassador team have developed so far? We have developed communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

    What are you all most proud of in the Challenge? We made it over 300! I am also proud that we accomplished something as a whole.

    What motivates you all to graduate high school? I know the obstacles you would have to face without a high school diploma. There are more opportunities for you once you graduate.

    What is everyone's dream college? How about dream job? My dream college would be an HBCU, a close knit family-like environment, small student-teacher ratio, and good food in the cafeteria. My dream job is to be a civil rights attorney.

    Clarkston High School

    Rank 58

    How has the Challenge impacted your school? 

    The Grad 4 mas challenge has helped the students at our school to understand the importance of graduating from high school and preparing for college.

    What are your favorite things about the Challenge?

    My favorite things about the challenge are the prizes, the free resources, the opportunity to win scholarships, the SAT practice quizzes, and how it opens our minds to new opportunities.

    What are the best methods/tactics you’ve used to spread the word about the challenge?

    We brought classrooms into a computer lab, introduced ourselves, and explained the purpose of Graduate for Mas challenge. Each class competed for points. Other methods that we are currently using are: lunchroom visits, which consists of a few ambassadors taking iPads to the cafeteria and getting students involved, word of mouth and classroom visits.

    What is the most difficult thing your team faced in the Challenge?

    The most difficult thing that our team has faced is coming up with the ideas, motivating students to visit the site on a continuous basis, staying involved as an ambassador, and getting people to realize how much the challenge can help them with school.

    What are some skills your Student Ambassador team have developed so far?

    The student ambassadors have developed both communication and teamwork skills. We’ve learned how to better balance our schedules so each ambassador can be apart of the events we plan. We’ve also learned how to think outside of the box and not be so closed minded.

    What are you all most proud of in the Challenge?

    We are most proud of our Bodak Yellow remix: Graduate for Mas Edition. We rewrote the popular song to explain what the challenge is about and to get the students to sign up. We thought this was a good way to entertain students and get them excited about going to college.

    What motivates you all to graduate high school?

    Ajok Dut- I want to be successful. The key to success in my opinion is education. Since I am a refugee, I want to take advantage of all the opportunities given to me. Graduating high school is one of many stepping stones to the better life my parents want for me. We are all motivated to become successful adults and realize that graduating is the first step that will ensure that this happens

    What is everyone's dream college? How about dream job?

    Josiane Ngandu-Stanford University or Columbia University are my dream schools. United Nations’ Member/Ambassador.

    Ajok Dut- My dream college is somewhere I can thrive and grow. My dream job is to be a Certified Nurse Midwife and work with organizations that provide care to countries with limited resources.

    Carlene Blair- My dream school is Emory University. My dream job is being a doctor in the military.

    Zion Ellis- My dream would have to be to attend Florida A&M University. My dream job would be a Certified Public Accountant.

    Skye Alston- My dream college is somewhere i can express myself freely. My dream job is to be a Special Education Teacher.

    What does your team like about the website? Would you add/change to the Get Schooled site?

    The website is easy to use, visually appealing and well organized. However, there are some blank pages that should have content that can be changed. Also the badges are a fun way for someone to learn and also earn points.


    West Oso High School

    Rank 26

    "The challenge has greatly impacted our students positively by providing important information and resources needed for college. One of our favorite things about the challenge is the excitement of competing with one another for the most points while gaining knowledge at the same time. 

    The best method we’ve used to spread the word about the challenge was interacting amongst one another in our college 101 classes. The most difficult thing we faced in this challenge was finding and/or completing some articles, videos, and quizzes to give us more points. 

    Some skills our team has developed are better communication and motivation. We are all most proud of coming together as a team and working on getting as much points as we could while interacting and gaining information. We all believe one of the biggest motivations we have in graduation high school is looking forward to our future and knowing all our hard work and dedication will truly pay off. 

    We all believe our dream college is wherever we will receive the best program for the career field we want to go into. We like how the website provides us with plenty of information and resources regarding college, it is very helpful. 

    We as the Graduate for Más Challenge Ambassadors, take pride in all we can do to help one another succeed. We are truly lucky to have Ms. Aguirre helping us and finding ways for us to make some extra money while learning at the same time. 

    We want to thank you for letting us participate and receive all of the free things we can get. It has been a great experience."


    Jane Long Academy

    Rank 5

    1.What is your favorite things about the Challenge? 

    Our favorite thing about the challenge is that we get to compete with other school wish makes it fun and challenging because most of the schools are bigger than our but that doesn't stop us from competing.

    2.What are the best methods/tactics you’ve used to spread the word about the challenge? 

    One of the methods/ tactics we have us so far to spread the words is going to some of the classes and ask them to check in. also, we ask them to tell their friends to do the same.

    3.What is the most difficult thing your team faced in the Challenge? 

    One demanding thing my team and I have face is getting everyone to check in every day on “get schooled”. This is one thing that we trying to come up with a solution for.

    4.What are some skills your Student Ambassador team have developed so far? 

    We have developed communication skill. This is important skill because we have to know how to talk to other students so we could be able to explain what we are doing and what we are expecting them to be doing in order to compete in this challenge.

    5.What are you all most proud of in the Challenge? 

    One thing we are all proud of in this challenge is the challenging work that everyone is putting in. students are trying their best to do whatever they can to help the school to win this challenge. It’s really amazing how it turn out to be because we were not expecting so many students to participate in this challenge.

    6.What motivates you all to do well in school? 

    Graduating from high school is a big step in your life, so we all want to take that step so we can open more doors of opportunity for ourselves in the future.

    7.What is everyone's dream college? How about dream job? 

    We really don’t have such thing as a dream college but we all want to go to a college that fit our interest. We all have dreams job, and we all want to go to college so we can achieve those dreams.

    8.What does your team like about the website? Would you add/change to the Get Schooled site? 

    What we like about the website is the different topics that we must do, this makes it fun because we don’t have to be doing the same thing repeatedly.


    Peabody Magnet High School

    Rank 9

    1. How has the Challenge impacted your school?

    Kids are more involved and are becoming more interested and willing to learn.

    2. What are your favorite things about the Challenge?

    You learn more about scholarships and articles that help you out for college.

    3. What are the best methods/tactics you’ve used to spread the word about the challenge?

    We put up posters around the school and went around explaining how it works. We also went from class to class giving the teachers info and inviting them to bring their class to our lab.

    4. What is the most difficult thing your team faced in the Challenge?

    Trying to educate others as to how important Get Schooled is.

    5. What are some skills your Student Ambassador team have developed so far?

    Influencing other kids to get their badges.

    6. What are you all most proud of in the Challenge?

    That a lot of kids have joined the Get Schooled movement.

    7. What motivates you all to graduate high school?

    To be able to understand the Real World and living on your own.

    8. What is everyone's dream college? How about dream job?

    ULL, ULM, Southern, and NSU

    Job – Nursing and Sonographer

    9. What does your team like about the website? Would you add/change to the Get Schooled site?

    We like that the website has a lot of fun games and activities that gets us ready for college. We wouldn’t change anything. It’s perfect!