Cupertino High Wins $100,000 Dell Computer’s SuperProm Contest!
By Michelle C. Carr-Crowe
The votes are in and officially tabulated, with Cupertino High the winner with more than 32,000 votes.
On March 8, a representative from Dell Computer presented the award at a special assembly in the gym complete with band music, cheerleaders and 1,700 enthusiastic students.
Senior class president Justin Li initiated the Kenya Dream vision back when the class of 2010 were mere freshmen. Their goal was to raise $100,000 over their four years to donate to Nthimbiri Secondary School in Meru, Kenya.
While fundraising efforts (car washes, button and shirt sales, matching donations from the Rotary Club) over the past four years were steady and substantial, it wasn’t until Dell’s SuperProm contest came up that attaining the full $100,000 goal became within reach.
Students from all class levels blogged, tweeted and posted about the contest, encouraging others to visit Dell Computer’s SuperProm site online and vote for Cupertino High School.
"It was impressive how kids in the heart of Silicon Valley used social networking to spread their message and generate enthusiasm for their cause. What is more impressive is that these kids have a powerful message about helping others," said Dell representative Michael Ceparano.
Their work and efforts paid off. Not only will the class of 2010 enjoy an amazing prom, they will have helped improve the educational opportunities for people none of them personally know halfway across the world. And that’s something to celebrate.