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2024 Prompt

Is racial diversity on college campuses a national interest? Why or why not?

  1. If yes, what policies would you argue for to increase racial diversity on campuses, while abiding by the most recent Supreme Court decision? For example, are the 10% plan and class based admissions effective strategies to promote diversity and address racial disproportionality on college campuses?

  2. If not, why not, and what would be your legal, political, economic, and/or social argument against it?   

Willie Spears

Keynote Speaker

Willie Spears, M. Ed., is a critically acclaimed author, highly sought after speaker, educator, and coach. Coach Spears has taken the country by storm with his passionate, energetic, and hilarious approach to teaching life management skills to students, business leaders, organizations, and teams. Through a significant social media presence, and an average of twenty presentations per month in seven states, The Willie Spears Experience has become a reliable source of inspiration. 


As lead servant of The Willie Spears Experience LLC, and with the help of his team, Coach Spears has added value to hundreds of schools, colleges, and universities. He has also spoken to several businesses including Fortune 500 companies State Farm and the Southern Company.  

Tenacity Challenge Video

About the
Tenacity Challenge

The Latino/a and African American Tenacity Challenge is an annual academic scholarship competition for teams of Latinx and African-American students from urban and suburban high schools across Massachusetts. Recommended team size is 6 (may not be larger than 6) students allowing for several members of each team to "specialize" in an area of the challenge preparation.  During the extended period of preparation, students build academic capacity, strengthen intellectual risk-taking and develop enduring peer and faculty relationships.

The Competition

The Tenacity Challenge competition will consist of four events centered around the theme of tenacity and leadership. The competition will take place on April 27th, 2024.  Each team will determine its own division of labor in order to prepare for the four events:


- Math Quiz Bowl Challenge (SAT Math) (There will be no Science component to the 2024 Tenacity Challenge)


 - Literature Response Challenge (Video in response to a memoir read by the team)


 - History Argument Challenge (Team will research and argue a position before a panel of judges)


 - Tenacity Art Challenge- (artistic creation completed prior to the competition date and submitted online)

A range of points will be earned for each event (see rubrics).  The highest scoring teams for each event will be recognized with certificates or trophies.  The winners of the overall competition (highest cumulative points) will win scholarships.  Each member of the first place team will win a $1,000 scholarship; second place, a $700 scholarship; third place, a $400 scholarship and 4th place a $150 scholarship.

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