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Middle School Competition   

About the Middle School Tenacity Challenge:

The LA2 Tenacity Challenge is an annual academic competition for teams of 7th and 8th grade Latino(a) and African-American students from urban and suburban middle schools across Massachusetts. During the extended period of preparation, students build academic capacity, strengthen intellectual risk-taking, hone leadership skills through an action project, and develop enduring peer and faculty relationships.

The Middle School Tenacity Challenge competition will consist of four (4) events centered around the theme of leadership, empowerment and tenacity.  The competition will take place on March 18th, 2023.  Each team (6-8 members) will determine its own division of labor in order to prepare for the four events:


- Leadership Action Project  

- Global Voices Literary Analysis

- Math Quiz Bowl Challenge 

- STEM Challenge


March 18th, 2023


2023 Prompt


"A small change can make a big difference. You are the only one who can make our world a better place to inhabit. So, don’t be afraid to take a stand ."  ~ Ankita Singhal.

Education occurs inside and outside our school environments. What programming or educational experience could your team suggest or create that could make a positive and effective change in the culture of your community with regard to prejudice, discrimination, systemic racism, and injustice? 




Math quiz bowl teams will consist of three (3) members.  The team determines the division of responsibilities.  

All teams will compete at the same time and will have an equal opportunity to answer all questions. The moderator will provide each group with 5 questions to answer in 5 minutes. Groups will submit their solutions at the end of the given time frame. There will be a total of 30 questions covering topics in the areas of  Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Answers will be either correct or incorrect. There will not be any partial credit for solutions.


STEM CHALLENGE (new addition for 2023)

The STEM Challenge will bring four (4) members of the group together to work on a challenge presented the day of the competition. Teams will be provided a STEM-based challenge and the materials allowed on the day of the competition. Teams will not need to bring any materials nor prepare anything ahead of time. Students will be judged based on their ability to complete the task in forty-five (45) minutes. This part of the competition will demand strong communication and collaboration skills as well as creative thinking.


Prior to the competition, students should have engaged in a sustained study of one or more books. Choosing from a list of six (6) possible titles written in different formats, students will compose a creative response, which may be a poem, an original song with lyrics and musical score, letter to a major character, a letter from a major character to a leader or influential person connected to the time or struggle, or an additional scene or sequel event to the story. 

This year’s book options are shown.


All registration forms should be submitted by Friday, January 13, 2023.

A registration fee of $100.00 per team should be sent to

John Glenn Middle School

Attn: Kim Comeiro

99 McMahon Rd.

Bedford, MA 01730.


All Registration Forms should be submitted digitally by Friday, January 13, 2023. A link to the form can be found above. A registration fee of $100.00 per team should be submitted at the time of registration. A late registration fee of $150 will apply to any team(s) submitting forms after January 14, 2023. The late registration deadline is February 1, 2023


Please make checks payable to BHS – The Tenacity Team Challenge. School purchase orders are also acceptable. 

Checks should be mailed to: 

John Glenn Middle School 

Attn: Kim Comeiro 

99 McMahon Rd 

Bedford, MA 01730  


Should you have any questions please reach out to Kim Comeiro via email or telephone at 781.275.3201 x4649.

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