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Contests available to students

Posted: January 12, 2014 - 1:04am

Alaska’s Statewide Creative Writing Contest is open for entries from students in all grades and the general public. Categories include story (for young children), fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prizes are mostly $25 or $50, but the editors’ choice prize is $100, and the grand prize is $200. Entries are due February 10. The contest is sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Anchorage Daily News, and the Alaska Center for the Book. See the PDF poster attached to this Information Exchange or contact creativewritingcontest@adn.com.

The 2014 Alaska Justice for All Art Contest is under way. The categories are Grades K-4 and Grades 5-8. The prize money is $250, $150, and $100 for 1st- to 3rd-place in each category. See the entry form attached to this Information Exchange. For further information, and to view the works of past contest winners, interested teachers are encouraged to visit http://www.courts.alaska.gov/outreach.htm#art.

The American Bar Association invites high school students to participate in its Law Day Art Contest for a chance to win prizes. The contest is an opportunity for teenage history buffs and aspiring artists alike to put their skills to work. The theme is American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. Students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible, including individual and group entries. The deadline is March 7. If you have questions, contact Tara Blasingame at Tara.Blasingame@americanbar.org.

The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program that challenges two graduating high school students from each state. Scientists present lectures and hands-on seminars and interact informally with student delegates. Delegates explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with staff members. Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research. A visit to Washington, D.C. permits delegates to visit some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities. The experience includes overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest. More information is available online at www.nysc.org. Applications must be submitted online at http://apply.nysc.org by 7:59 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on March 1. For more information, or for detailed application instructions, please contact Bjørn Wolter at bjorn.wolter@alaska.gov or 907-465-6542.

Registration is open for the Real World Design Challenge in Engineering, an aviation design competition for teams of high school students. The challenge is free for students and teachers. Each teacher that signs up a team will receive professional engineering software as well as access to mentors from industry, government, and academia. Teams can register here or at www.realworlddesignchallenge.org. The team’s teacher/coach should do the registration. For more information, please contact EED Science Coordinator Bjorn Wolter at bjorn.wolter@gmail.com.

The Statewide Aviation Art Contest deadline for submission is January 17. All submissions should be sent to Aviation Art Contest, AK DOT Aviation, P.O. Box 196900, Anchorage, AK 99519-6900. Submissions will be judged according to the rules, which may be found here: http://dot.alaska.gov/airport-portal-newsres.shtml . The top three winning submissions will be sent to the National Art Contest Competition in Washington, D.C.

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