Ten student teams from across North Carolina are working to develop innovative ways to increase the state's high school graduation rate, and there's a cash prize in it for the teams that come up with the best idea.
Out of 70 teams, the Institute for Emerging Issues recognized five high school and five college teams for using their creativity in helping friends and classmates earn their high school diplomas. A panel of state leaders in education, government and business picked the winners.
The projects developed several tactics to increase graduation rates, including incorporating technology into the classroom at an early age, reducing the stigmas around remedial classes, digital storytelling and freshmen mentoring programs.
The two winning teams will be announced on Feb. 7. The winning teams will each receive $5,000.