Count Attendance, Punctuality And….

“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.” 
–Franklin D. Roosevelt

Horizonte, Salt Lake City School District’s alternative high school, received a gift from the Assistance League of Salt Lake of 16 new Dell lap-top computers for award to deserving students.  It was decided to award them to 16 of our college bound Horizonte Scholarship recipients.

Only problem is there are 46 of them (19 adults and 27 high school age students).  The last day of our first of six weeks of Bridge Class (Monday, Wednesday, Friday for one hour), it was announced to the 20 (9 adults and 11 high school age) attending our Horizonte-Salt Lake Community College orientation, transition and support class, that the 16 new computers will be awarded by May 30.

Based on their response, I don’t think a more motivating incentive could be offered a group of ambitious but meager-resourced high school graduates.  They enthusiastically wanted to know the criteria to determine the fortunate 16.  It was suggested that Bridge attendance be the first criterion.  All in attendance agreed.  A couple of them offered punctuality as a second decision measure.  Most agreed.

Since every Wednesday provides a college writing primer, it was suggested one or more winning criteria should come from the Horizonte instructor, Erin Newsome.  Other criteria, no doubt, will be set regarding college readiness, testing accomplished, qualification for desired certificate ascertained, and first college semester class registration set.  The requirements need to be totally objective.  Does ongoing individual and group progress need to be available to all?

“Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.” ― David Sarnoff

“What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn’t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.”     –Arnold Swarzenegger

Question:  What additional criteria need to be considered?  

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