I'm working on a story that's best described as Survivor: High School. I'm going to offer as many details as possibles since there's so many variables to the situation. There's a Game that is played by a handful of students where they have to form alliances, complete tasks, and vote each other off. Eventually there's one winner left at the end. My problem: What is the prize for winning the Game? Background: This is a non-sci-fi/non-fantasy story. School administrators know about the Game but do not condone it. The Game is not deadly in nature, but that doesn't mean accidents don't happen. The Game is not a big deal outside of the school/city, that is, it's not a TV show or a national thing. The seniors put on the game and the juniors participate, winning the game means you get the prestigious title for your senior year. It's probably easiest to describe the Game as comparable to fraternity hazing. I want the story to be set in three possible scenerios: 1) A regular high school (the players would all be juniors) 2) A private prep school (the players would all be juniors) 3) A college/university (the players would all be freshman/sophomores) I have a number of reasons why the students would play the game, it's fun, it's "popularity points", it's kind of looked on as an honor to win, but I can't think of any concrete prize one could obtain from actually winning. 1) My first thought was that there is a monetary prize for winning, like say the players have to pay to participate and maybe the Game coordinators charge other students to watch certain events and all this money goes to whoever wins (it's high school kids after all, they won't be winning a million dollars or anything.) But if I set it in a private school, I feel all the students would be wealthy anyway and there'd be no reason for them to want to win $1000. 2) The prestige of winning itself doesn't seem like a good enough incentive with today's disillusioned youth. Although, I do want the story be sort of hyper-reality (think Brick or Charlie Bartlett) where high school is romanticized as the "be-all, end-all." 3) Someone suggested I have a scholarship be the prize, but that doesn't make any since because it's coordinated by students and played by students. I feel like I'm looking at it too closely and I have blinders on, so I just really want to brainstorm any possible ideas on what the prize could be for playing the Game.