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Conococheague Elementary Tying March Madness to College and Career Readiness Initiative

HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 16, 2011) – Students and staff at Conococheague Elementary School will be engaged in March madness like many who follow the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but principal Ryan Hench has designed a contest that requires the students to learn about the colleges that have teams in the tournament before the students predict the winning teams.  As students and their teachers follow the brackets, they must answer questions about colleges’ locations, enrollment, tuition costs, non-sports celebrity graduates and other facts before earning the right to pick winners of the various games. The class earning the highest point total will win an extra recess basketball and all students in the class will sign a trophy basketball to be placed in the showcase in the school lobby.

Principal Hench believes the students will have fun following their picks, but will also gain a better understanding of where colleges are located, how much it costs to attend college and relate to some of the famous people who graduated from the colleges that are in the tournament.  “We’re turning the traditional bracket selection into a way to motivate our students to think about college and their futures after high school,” according to Hench.

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