Past Follet Challenge Winners

These winning entries illustrate innovation, collaboration, critical thinking and ingenuity, and we think each one is worth celebrating. Take a look at the case study for each of the winners, as well as their own video. We know you'll be inspired to enter, too!

2017 Follett Challenge Winners

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Grand Prize Winner: $60,000
Chase County Elementary School - Strong City, KS
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Middle School Category Semifinalist: $30,000
Highland Junior High School/ Gilbert Public Schools - Mesa, AZ
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High School Category Semifinalist: $30,000
Booker T. Washington High School/ Escambia County School District - Pensacola, FL
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
McGee Middle School/Berlin Public Schools - Berlin, CT
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Marist High School - Chicago, IL
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Mineola High School - Garden City Park, NY
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Swan Valley High School/Swan Valley School District - Saginaw, MI
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Sunrise Elementary School/ Cherry Creek School District - Aurora, CO
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Deer Park Elementary School/ Baltimore County Public Schools - Owings Mills, MD
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
John B. Alexander High School/ United ISD - Laredo, TX
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Pearsontown Elementary School/ Durham Public Schools - Durham, NC
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Zela Davis STEM PREP - Hawthorne, CA
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Marion Community School - Marion, IN

2016 Follett Challenge Winners

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Grand Prize Winner: $60,000
Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High / Fairbanks North Star Borough School District - Eielson Air Force Base, AK
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Elementary School Category Semifinalist: $30,000
QUEST Elementary School / Hilton Central Schools - Hilton, NY
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Middle School Category Semifinalist: $30,000
Broughal Middle School/Bethlehem Area School District - Bethlehem, PA
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Marist High School - Chicago, IL
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Hopkins North Junior High - Minnetonka, MN
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Grandview Elementary/Clarenceville School District - Livonia, MI
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Bowman Woods Elementary/Linn-Mar Community Schools - Cedar Rapids, IA
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Reynolds School / Upper Saddle River Schools - Upper Saddle River, NJ
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Butler Area School District - Butler, PA
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Mary E. Griswold Elementary School / Berlin Public Schools - Berlin, CT
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
School Eleven Clifton Public Schools - Clifton, NJ
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
College Park Elementary / Irvine Unified School District - Irvine, CA
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People's Choice Winner: $8,000
Deer Park Elementary School/ Baltimore County Public Schools - Owings Mills, MD

2015 Follett Challenge Winners

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Grand Prize Winner: $60,000
Downers Grove School District #58 - Downers Grove, IL
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Elementary School Category Semifinalist - $30,000
Bluebonnet Elementary/Park Glen Elementary - Fort Worth, TX
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High School Category Semifinalist - $30,000
The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria/Queens - Astoria, NY
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Atlantic City High School - Atlantic City, NJ
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Vestavia Hills Elementary Central/Vestavia Hills City Schools - Birmingham, AL
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Doss Elementary/Austin Independent School District - Austin, TX
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Burbank School District 111 - Burbank, IL
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Marist High School - Chicago, IL
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Echo Hill Elementary/Linn-Mar - Marion, IA
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Oak Ridge Middle School / Linn-Mar Community School District - Marion, IA
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Gering High School - Gering, NE
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Goffstown High School - Goffstown, NH
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People's Choice Winner - $6,000
Valley Stream UFSD 24 - Valley Stream, NY

2014 Follett Challenge Winners

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Grand Prize Winner: $30,000
Belleville West High School - Belleville, IL
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Magnet/Parochial/K12 Category Semifinalist: $30,000
Wayland Union Schools - Wayland, MI
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Elementary School Category Semifinalist: $30,000
Albert P. Terhune Elementary School - Wayne, NJ
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Middle School Category Semifinalist: $30,000
Memorial Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School - Fair Lawn, NJ
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High School Category Semifinalist: $30,000
Belleville West High School - Belleville, IL
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People's Choice Winner #1: $5,000
Belleville West High School - Belleville, IL
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People's Choice Winner #2: $5,000
Kenston Intermediate School - Chagrin Falls, OH
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People's Choice Winner #3: $5,000
Peeples Elementary School - Fayetteville, GA
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People's Choice Winner #4: $5,000
Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY
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People's Choice Winner #5: $5,000
Eisenhower Middle and High School - Russell, PA
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People's Choice Winner #6: $5,000
School Eleven - Clifton, NJ
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People's Choice Winner #7: $5,000
Wayland Union Schools - Wayland, MI
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People's Choice Winner #8: $5,000
Edith Scheuerman USD #457 - Garden City, KS
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People's Choice Winner #9: $5,000
Memorial Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School - Fair Lawn, NJ
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People's Choice Winner #10: $5,000
Albert P. Terhune Elementary - Wayne, NJ

2013 Follett Challenge Winners

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GRAND PRIZE #1: $60,000
Henry M. Gunn High School/Palo Alto Unified School District - Palo Alto, CA

Omainsky worked for three years to overhaul an underused library into a hub of excitement and activity that gets students involved, enthused, and working every day on 21st century skills that equip them for college and career.


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GRAND PRIZE #2: $60,000
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District - St. Louis, MO

Service learning and community involvement is the name of the game at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, where English Teacher Patrice Bryan is still flying high with the news of winning the 2012 Follett Challenge. "Winning was so incredible! It is allowing us to focus on building literacy in the new Research & Design space and acquire resources that more accurately reflect what we do. The Follett Challenge is the reward and the recognition that we're on the right path."


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WINNER #3: $35,000
Berwick Academy - South Berwick, ME

Berwick Academy’s Innovation Center, operated by the school’s librarians/media specialists, offers an opportunity for students to pursue a mentor-supported area of study about which the student holds a strong interest or curiosity, explained Darcy Coffta, a librarian/ media specialist at the Academy. “The Follett Challenge opened so many doors for us; we were able to reach a greater audience and share our program, and get the resources we needed to grow the program.”


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WINNER #4: $25,000
Goochland High School - Goochland, VA

Goochland High School is a model of innovation that sparks creativity in its students and gives educators an opportunity to engage students in a more progressive learning style built around project-based learning.


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WINNER #5: $15,000
Seneca High School - Tabernacle, NJ

Seneca’s unique One Book, One School program successfully infused a love of reading in students and staff by selecting a popular book and mirroring the book’s story line by dividing the school into sections, competing in challenges, and earning points throughout the school year.


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VIDEO WINNER #6: $5,000
Mary E. Griswold Elementary - Kensington, CT

Griswold Elementary’s library is an exciting place that has broken through boundaries of time and space, and steadily works towards ensuring 21st-century readiness for every one of its students, explains Librarian/ Media Specialist Danielle Salina. “Our library is a second home to all. After winning the Follett Challenge, it’s an even better place!”