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Friday, May 9, 2014

High School Students Across the U.S. Display Negotiation Skills: Retweets for #NoFinal

Andrew Muennink, a senior at Round Rock  High School in Texas, struck a deal with Cindy House, his art teacher: if he gets 15,000 retweets of a photo by noon on May 23, she will not require the students to take the art final exam.  The photo depicts them shaking on the deal and the writing on the blackboard behind them sets out the key terms:

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Apparently, Muennink's first offer to Ms. House was 5,000 retweets, but they ultimately struck the deal at 15,000.  What if he reaches 15,000?  Then, Muennink says, "I'd be the man!"  As of this writing, he's reached 6,117 retweets.

Muennink's bargain has inspired high school students across the U.S. - with some negotiating a better deal (10,000 retweets for no final) and others negotiating a much more difficult goal (250,000 tweets - and this student really needs the retweets because she "barely went to . . . class").

These students were apparently concerned about the statute of frauds and included signatures on the blackboard:

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If you are inclined to retweet and save a high school student from a final, the hashtag is #nofinal.

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