Nov 15, 2012 -- SuperFutures’ Dare2Dream Challenge Winners

From the Hilarious to Community Commitment

Students from Bay Area, LA, Prescott, and Fayetteville, AR Make the List

New York, NY -- The contest is closed, and the finalists have been chosen. But that doesn’t mean you should stop dreaming! As America’s favorite principal, Iqbal Theba from TV’s Glee says, “It’s your future, what are you waiting for?”

SuperFutures and its Honorary Principal today announced the winners of its first Dare2Dream Challenge, saying that the choice between sheer humor (Taylor Boykin of Arkansas) and community commitment (Mariel Gonzalez, East LA) were tough. But, in the end, Mariel’s compelling video coupled with her commitment to those beyond herself won out.

“Clearly, creativity and passion doesn’t just happen at Glee’s McKinley High,” said Theba, who also serves as SuperFutures’ Honorary Principal. “America’s own students have what it takes to turn their dreams into reality. I applaud them – and those who took that all important step of simply participating in our Dare2Dream Challenge.”

The finalists will receive a Cheggucation package that includes an iPad2 from, the nation’s #1 textbook reseller, along with homework help and a year’s membership to The overall winner will receive a trip for two to Hollywood to meet with Glee’s Iqbal Theba, along with airfare provided by JetBlue.

After much deliberation, SuperFutures announced the following winner and finalists (photos of finalists):


Dare2Dream Winner

Mariel Gonzalez, Los Angeles, CA
New Media Arts & Entertainment High
Age 16 

With aspirations to become a doctor, Mariel plans to work her buns off in school and do whatever it takes to achieve her dream. Her inspiration? Her younger siblings. They are her motivation to graduate high school, attend college and eventually reach her dream of becoming a medical doctor. “Mariel deserves to win because it’s not just her passion, but her sense of responsibility and belonging to her community and background,” says Glee’s Theba. “ She’s in it not just for herself, but for her community and the people she loves.”  Watch her video here.



Rose Barnett, Prescott, AZ
Yavapai Community College 
Age 19

 “Even if I don’t become a writer, I won’t stop writing.” These are the words of Rose Barnett, whose inspiring video earned her a spot as a finalist. Through a simple video in which she speaks directly into the camera, she very clearly describes a passion that drives everything she does. Rose recognizes that only a small percentage of writers actually make it big, but says that if she’s dedicated enough and never stops doing what she loves, an opportunity will present itself. If you feel like being inspired, too, check out her video here .


Hector Blanco, Los Angeles, CA
New Media Arts & Entertainment HIgh
Age 16  

Hector is a very creative teen who has aspirations of becoming a director or film writer. “I’m hoping that people will acknowledge me for who I am,” he says as he is trying to make a name for himself. His video features a bit of humor, shows off his many talents, and, most importantly, communicates his sheer commitment to achieving his goal in Hollywood. Who knows, maybe someday he’ll direct our Iqbal Theba in his own film. To check out this creative video, click here.


Taylor Boykin, Fayetteville, AR
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Age 21 

Taylor’s video was definitely the most comical of all submissions and is a powerful example of his talents. By playing various characters – including his Mom – over this five minute video, he produces a hilarious story that communicates his dream of becoming a comedic actor and his plans for achieving that dream, which includes entering contests to get known. Until then, he will continue making his funny “shorts” and one day hopes to run his own comedy film festival. Check it out here    


Mary Callahan, Los Altos, CA
Scripps College
Age 20

Featuring footage of her dancing and training with the Rockettes, Mary says in her video, “I will never stop dancing and never stop dreaming.”  Her video stands out not just because of her creative use of video, but because of the clarity she uses to describe her dream and plans – all without ever actually hearing her own voice. With training from the Rockettes, we know she is 100% dedicated to accomplishing her dream. Check out her submission here


“We know that the steps young people take today to align their extracurricular activities with their career goals and dreams are essential to success,” said SuperFutures founder and national financial education expert Jennifer Openshaw.  “These outstanding students are doing just that – creating unique personal brands that will give them the edge in college, career and life. We hope they’ll be a source of inspiration for millions of other students.” 

To participate in next year’s challenge, sign-up here . 

SuperFutures wishes to thank its sponsors including JetBlue,, and Intel.

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