District 214 offering scholarships for tweets

Updated 3/17/2016 10:25 PM

Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has launched a Twitter-based scholarship contest, asking current seniors to share how they are college or career ready beyond a test score.

The competition is inspired by the district's new "Redefining Ready" initiative designed to more accurately determine college and career readiness using metrics beyond just standardized test scores, such as success in Advanced Placement or dual credit classes, or completion of internships and industry certifications.

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In a video no longer than 30 seconds, students must use one or more of those metrics to explain why they are college or career ready. District 214 will award up to two $1,000 scholarships, funded by AASA, The School Administrators Association, and an anonymous donor.

Students must post their videos to Twitter, using the #RedefiningReady hashtag and tagging @District214 in their tweet. Students can use phones, iPads or video cameras to film the videos, according to a news release.

The contest runs through April 15 and applications can be found at www.d214.org/foundation.

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