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During her short time here at Kiona-Benton High School, Site Manager Alyse Pivovarnik has identified simple and cost effective ways to create a college-going culture. The March Madness event, a tradition at Ki-Be High School and a GEAR UP sponsored initiative, partnered with Mrs. Flanagan’s leadership class this year. This new partnership gave students a hands-on opportunity to find out more information about colleges around the country that they might not otherwise have explored.
With the March Madness basketball tournament in full swing, the students researched and made college banners for the colleges associated with the tournament. The banners included information such as mascot, school colors, student to faculty ratio, cost of tuition, average GPA admitted, and much more! The leadership students randomly assigned 6th period teachers colleges in the Sweet Sixteen and posted the banners of the university on the teachers’ doors.
The classrooms that represented the colleges that made it to the championship game faced off in their own basketball game during lunch, and the winner received a pizza party, courtesy of Ki-Be ASB.
Last year, this event was exclusively put on by GEAR UP. Alyse identified the need to start creating sustainability within Ki-Be and with students taking charge of this event, they started the process of creating their own college going culture.