Several thousand schools across the country are hoping to be one of the Top 10 vote-getting schools to win $100,000 in the U.S. Cellular $1 million campaign to help schools.
According to a local US. Cellular representative, Eagle Point High School was in the top 40 last week. And that presents a challenge as well as an opportunity.
The contest continues through Jan. 15 of next year. Individuals 18 years or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store (there is one in White City) to get a code to vote online for a school. There is no purchase necessary and you do not have to be a US. Cellular customer to vote.
The 10 schools with the most votes will each receive $100,000 to use however they choose.
Last year winners represented public and private schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Nebraska and Iowa. More than 120,000 votes were cast for 6,500 schools. Last year, Humphrey St. Francis (Humphrey, Neb.) was the ultimate underdog. The rural community had a population of 790 and a K-12 enrollment of 220. And they were one of the 10 winners. It is all about spreading the word and communicating.