IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Tenacity Challenge has been rescheduled to be held virtually on Saturday May 30th, from 1pm-4pm. A Zoom link will be emailed to all participating district's coaches. 

VIRTUAL TENACITY AGENDA: 5/30/2020  1pm-4pm

1:00-1:10 Opening Comments


1:10-1:50 English Literature Performances:  Top 4 teams


1:50-2:40 History Presentation:  Top 5  


2:45-3:40 Math Quiz Bowl 


3:40-4:00 Award Ceremony




The 9th annual Tenacity Challenge will be livestreamed:


See you next year in person!

About the Tenacity Challenge

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. 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 March 28th, 2020.  Each team will determine its own division of labor in order to prepare for the four events:


- Math & Science Quiz Bowl Challenge (SAT Math, Physics, Chemistry)


 - Latino and African-American Literature Response Challenge (Filmed Performance of a Creative Response, Accompanied by a Rationale)


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


 - Tenacity Mural Challenge- artistic creation completed prior to the competition date and displayed at the competition.


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 $500 scholarship; and third place, a $300 scholarship.


After your History Presentations, please head to the cafeteria to meet DJ ENYCE to perform and enjoy Spoken Word & ELA Performances. DJ ENYCE is an up & coming Inner-City DJ.

Tenacity Challenge Video

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