Context: Prior to this year’s presidential election, but greatly accelerated since, many states have enacted new voting laws. Their supporters argue that they are necessary to prevent voter fraud, while their opponents argue that they are intended to suppress the vote of African-American and Latinx citizens. Both claim that the future of democracy itself is at stake.
Major Thesis Question: Are the new voting laws (e.g., in Texas and Georgia) intended to prevent voter fraud, as their supporters allege, or impede African-American and Latinx voting, as their opponents allege?
Tenacity Challenge Video
About the Tenacity Challenge
The Latinx 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 Tenacity Challenge competition will consist of four events centered around the theme of tenacity and leadership. The competition will take place on April 30th, 2022. 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 2022 Tenacity Challenge)
- Latinx and African-American Literature Response Challenge (Video OR written 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 judged 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.