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Def Jam Rapstar, BET Networks, and the Get Schooled Foundation have collaborated to unveil a nationwide video contest for high school students.

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Students between the ages of 13 and 19 are invited to submit a 60-second rap or spoken word video about how education influences their life.

The top five finalists will be determined by popular vote.  A panel comprised of executives from Def Jam Enterprises, BET Networks and the Get Schooled Foundation will then select the winning video.  The winner will win a trip to New York City to meet Russell Simmons and Kevin Liles, and the student will be invited to perform his/her winning rhyme on BET’s hit music countdown show, “106 & Park.”

Graduation rates in the U.S. are staggering and the country’s academic performance continues to fall behind that of students overseas. One third of students,more than half of which are African-American males,  fail to graduate from high school. The video contest seeks to draw attention to these very troublesome statistics.

From February 21st through March 18th, students can submit videos to www.GetSchooled.com.

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