Redefining Ready! National Scholarship Winners Announced


James Minichello
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 AASA and Hobsons Reward Scholarships to Students who Demonstrate Key Indicators of College Readiness 

Arlington, Va. – June 19, 2018  Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Naviance, and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, are pleased to announce the Redefining Ready! National Scholarship winners. The 15 student honorees were selected after submitting a 30-second social media video telling the world why they are college, career and life ready. 

Announced in February at AASA’s National Conference on Education, the social-media based competition was created to provide students with the opportunity to share how they are college, career and life ready beyond a single test score.

Students were asked to post a 30-second video on YouTube and share it on Twitter by using the hashtag #RedefiningReady and tagging @AASAHQ and @Hobsons. Students used phones, iPads or video cameras to film the videos and were judged on compelling content.  

The winners are listed below and their video submissions can be viewed here. Regional winners are based on areas of the country representing AASA’s Governing Board.

  • National First Place Winner ($5,000) / Daniel Zhang, Herbert Henry Dow High School, Midland, Mich.
  • National Runner-Up ($2,500) / Kathleen Oku, Buffalo Grove High School, Arlington Heights, Ill.  
  • Region 1 Winner ($2,000) / Savannah Foster, South Kipsap High School, Port Orchard, Wash.  
  • Region 1 Runner-Up ($1,000) / Travis Beckt, Stanwood High School, Camano Island, Wash.  
  • Region 2 Winner ($2,000) / John Donaldson, Garland High School, Rowlett, Texas 
  • Region 2 Runner-Up ($1,000) / Maggie Mouton, Nederland High School, Port Arthur, Texas 
  • Region 3 Winner ($2,000) / Enzo Marshall, Oak Creek High School, Oak Creek, Wis. 
  • Region 3 Runner-Up ($1,000) / Terry McDonald, Portage Central High School, Portage, Mich. 
  • Region 4 Winner ($2,000) / Jessica Talken, Wheeling High School, Wheeling, Ill.  
  • Region 4 Runner-Up ($1,000) / Zoe Blomquist, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village, Ill. 
  • Region 5 Winner ($2,000) / Katherine Du, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.  
  • Region 5 Runner-Up ($1,000) / Olivia Lu, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.  
  • Region 6 Winner ($2,000) / Paul Ciccone, Atholton High School, Clarksville, Md.  
  • Region 6 Runner-Up ($1,000) / Crystal Boateng, Academy for Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, Beltsville, Md.  
  • Region 7 Winner ($2,000) / Michelle Woo, Greenwich High School, Riverside, Conn. 
  • Region 7 Runner-Up ($1,000) / Myia Tyler, Gouverneur High School, Gouverneur, N.Y.  

“It was a pleasure viewing the many stories from students who used cutting-edge technology to tell what they expect life to be beyond high school. I was very much impressed by their creative minds,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We congratulate our honorees, but we also applaud all of the students who submitted entries in our competition. We wish these individuals well as they work to create pathways to make outstanding contributions to society.”

“We are pleased to partner with AASA on the Redefining Ready! National Scholarship competition,” said Monica Morrell, general manager of Naviance by Hobsons. “Our mission is to enable students and families with the resources and information necessary to establish the best plan for each student to achieve their goals, whether they go on to college, the military or the workforce.”   

Redefining Ready! uses various metrics, including success in Advanced Placement or dual credit classes, completion of internships or industry certifications and co-curricular participation, to better assess students’ potentials for postsecondary success.

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. 

About Hobsons
A global leader in education technology, Hobsons helps students to identify their strengths, explore careers, match to best-fit educational opportunities, create academic plans, and reach their education and life goals. More than 13,000 K-12 and higher education institutions partner with Hobsons and leverage our expertise and our solutions -- Naviance, Intersect, and Starfish -- to improve college and career readiness, college recruiting and admissions, and higher education student success to support millions of students around the world.