The Latino and African American Tenacity Challenge is an annual academic scholarship competition for teams of Latino and African-American students from urban and suburban high schools across Massachusetts
The students enjoyed this year's theme: The Social Significance of Hip Hop, Rap and Spoken Word.
In preparation for the competition students heard from several guest speakers, including a spoken word artist and poet Reggie Gibson, and a university professor, Austin Ashe.
In addition to developing an argument about the influence of hip hop and spoken word, each team has developed a creative response to a work of literature, designed and created a mural, and studied and prepared for the math and science quiz bowl.
This year we were fortunate to have five teams participate in the competition.
Team: Think Tank
Dylan Lechner, Eyssa Benhida, Kenan Wilson, Max Lechner, and Luis Raoul Villalta-Santana
Team: The Color of Revenge
Amelia Murphy, Charitie Valdes, Zahra Mohamed, Nadia Kasozi, Aida Gachago, and Ashraf Kimbugwe
Team: Back of The Bus
Tatiana Hawkins, Halleluia Zeyohannes, Serena Hawkins, Rachael Ssozi, Edgar Nzikoba, and Andrea Rodriguez Perez
Cheyenne Watson, Genevieve Kugonza, Winnie Sekyaya, Oluwamayowa (Maya)
Ariyo, Hirschfield Ssozi, and Adele Jingo
Team: Enlightened Ones
Flowerjoy Burley, Dorothy Mulo, Jeremiah Burley, Celine Nganga, Aidan Olivier Louis, and Ishmael Stein Norelus
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year's competition!