South Dakota School Makes List of NBC’s R.I.S.E. America Grant Winners

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A school in White, SD has been awarded a $10,000 grant through NBC’s R.I.S.E. America Grant program inspired by the network’s upcoming drama.

“Rise” is about a high school theatre department and its effects on a small town and premiers March 13. The program inspired by the drama is awarding a half-million dollars to high school theatre programs across the country. Out of 1,000 applications, 50 schools will receive a $10,000 grant. Deubrook Area School District in White, SD is one of those schools.

To qualify for the grant, high schools were required to have an existing theatre program or a champion of theatre arts in their teaching staff in cases where a school’s theatre program was cut because of budget constraints.

Each school submitted a video celebrating their theatre program and a 500-word essay explaining why their school should be awarded the grant and how they will use the $10,000 should they win. They also submitted a letter of recommendation from a school principal or administrator endorsing the application.

The 50 winning high schools (in alphabetical order by state) are:
1. Charles Henderson High School (Troy, AL)
2. American Canyon High School (American Canyon, CA)
3. Henry J. Kaiser High School (Fontana, CA)
4. Mariposa County High School (Mariposa, CA)
5. Vaughn Next Century Learning Center (San Fernando, CA)
6. Seaside High School (Seaside, CA)
7. Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (Denver, CO)
8. Enfield High School (Enfield, CT)
9. School Without Walls (Washington, D.C.)
10. Hallandale High School (Hallandale Beach, FL)
11. Plant City High School (Plant City, FL)
12. The Howard School (Atlanta, GA)
13. Nanakuli High and Intermediate School (Waianae, HI)
14. Jefferson High School (Cedar Rapids, IA)
15. Glenbard West High School (Glen Ellyn, IL)
16. Scecina Memorial High School (Indianapolis, IN)
17. Leavenworth High School (Leavenworth, KS)
18. Boyle County High School (Danville, KY)
19. Alfred Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School (Kenner, LA)
20. The Baltimore City College (Baltimore, MD)
21. Hamtramck High School (Hamtramck, MI)
22. Pine Island High School (Pine Island, MN)
23. Grand Center Arts Academy (St. Louis, MO)
24. Gautier High School (Gautier, MS)
25. Park High School (Livingston, MT)
26. Malcolm Public Schools, District 148 (Malcolm, NE)
27. Belmont High School (Belmont, NH)
28. Bound Brook High School (Bound Brook, NJ)
29. Union Senior High School (Union, NJ)
30. Digital Arts & Technology Academy (Albuquerque, NM)
31. Equipo Academy East Las Vegas College Prep (Las Vegas, NV)
32. Hastings High School (Hastings-On-Hudson, NY)
33. Peekskill High School (Peekskill, NY)
34. James N Gamble Montessori (Cincinnati, OH)
35. Dublin Scioto High School (Dublin, OH)
36. Henryetta High School (Henryetta, OK)
37. Regis St. Mary Catholic School (Stayton, OR)
38. Harry S. Truman High School (Levittown, PA)
39. Mastery Charter Schools Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
40. Central Falls High School (Central Falls, RI)
41. Deubrook Area School District 5-6 (White, SD)
42. Jackson County High School (Gainesboro, TN)
43. John Overton Comprehensive High School (Nashville, TN)
44. Alice High School (Alice, TX)
45. Jack Yates High School (Houston, TX)
46. Pharr San Juan Alamo North Early College High School (Pharr, TX)
47. Heritage High School (Leesburg, VA)
48. Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, WA)
49. Hudson High School (Hudson, WI)
50. Martinsburg High School (Martinsburg, WV)