Marissa: Can you believe it? We’ve received over 100 entries for the science fair.
Santiago: That’s great! We now need to decide what types of awards to hand out.
Marissa: Everybody likes money. How about a cash prize?
Santiago: We’re working with a very small budget here. We can’t afford a cash prize and I’m not sure that it would send the right message anyway.
Marissa: The next best thing is a trophy.
Santiago: We don’t have the budget for trophies if we plan to give out more than one commendation.
Marissa: Then how about medals?
Santiago: We can’t afford good ones and nobody wants a cheap plastic medal.
Marissa: So I guess plaques are out, too?
Santiago: I’m afraid so. I was thinking of ribbons, different color ribbons for different prizes. What do you think?
Marissa: I guess ribbons would be okay. After all, it’s the praise and recognition that matters.
Santiago: Exactly. And for those getting honorable mentions, a certificate will do. We’ll also need certificates of participation for the rest.
Marissa: So everybody gets something?
Santiago: That’s right. We don’t want anyone to leave empty-handed.
Marissa: Even if their entry isn’t worthy of recognition?
Santiago: All entries are worthy of recognition – just some more than others.
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
Category: Daily Life
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