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You Can't Win if You Don't Enter!

Force for Good Film Festival Grades 9, 10, 11 April 2, 2018

If you've got a phone, you can make a film
and enter it in our Force for Good Film Festival.

Created to inspire students to use their cell phones as creative tools, the Force for Good Film Festival seeks submissions of five-minute videos with positive messages from high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Winners will have their films screened at the Debartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame, and may be eligible to receive a full scholarship to the Notre Dame Summer Scholars Program

National High School Essay Contest

Grades 9-12 March 15, 2018

Entrants are asked to take a critical look at how agencies cooperate under the rigors of international diplomacy. In doing so they are asked to analyze two examples of integrated peace building in a conflict affected area. Please click here for more information on the 2018 topic.

For further details, please visit: www.afsa.org\essaycontest.

The grand-prize winner will receive a $2,500 prize, an all-expense paid two-day trip to Washington, D.C., to meet a member of the State Department leadership and tour the United States Institute of Peace, and a full scholarship for a Semester at Sea upon the student’s enrollment at an accredited university. The runner-up will receive a $1,250 prize and a full scholarship to participate in the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference, held in Washington, D.C., and New York annually.

Growing Up Asian in America  K-12 March 2, 2018

This is the Asian Pacific Fund's annual art, essay and video contest.  This year’s theme is: My Hope for the Future. 

"Everybody's Beautiful" writing contest Grades 6-12 March 3, 2018 The contest is held every year to spread awareness about body image and the beauty standards created by social media culture. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a poem or write an essay (in English or Spanish) answering one of the following questions: What do you love about yourself?, Why should others love and accept themselves?, or How does the media affect body image?. See flyer for more details.
Sustainable Development Challenge High School March 11, 2018

Do you think about the problems facing society or about the needs of the world? Do you worry about climate change, poverty, equality and overconsumption? Do you want to make a difference?

The United Nations has set 17 sustainable development goals to help end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy & International Relations is challenging high school students to be part of the solution!

Seton Hall University is committed to serving the greater good, which is why we are hosting a Sustainable Development Challenge designed to engage high school students in thinking about the needs of society and the planet - encouraging you to be an agent of change and embrace the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ayn Rand Essay Contests Grades 9 & 10 May 1, 2018

Select one of the following topics:

  • Anthem depicts a world of the future, a collectivist dictatorship in which even the word “I” has vanished. Discuss the hero’s struggle to free himself from collectivism. What makes his victory possible? In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in the excerpt titled “The Soul of an Individualist” from her novel The Fountainhead.
  • In Anthem, the City has numerous rules and controls. Why do these exist? What is their purpose? Do you think the society that Equality envisions creating at the end of the story would include any of these rules and controls? Explain why or why not.
  • Contrast Equality’s view of morality at the end of the novel to the morality exemplified by his society’s institutions, practices and officials. In your essay, consider what Ayn Rand has to say in these excerpts from her writings.
Congressional Art Competition  High School April, 2018

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Science Without Borders Challenge Ages 11-19  April 23, 2018

The Science without Borders® Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean conservation issues. The SWB Challenge is open to primary and secondary school students 11-19 years old, with scholarships of up to $500 awarded to the winning entries.

American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest Grades 9 through 12 (whose parents are not members of the Foreign Service) March 15, 2018

When writing the essay, your students should place themselves in the shoes of a member of the Foreign Service, a diplomat promoting peace, who is assigned to one of the following four embassies:

•             Turkey

•             Kenya

•             Afghanistan

•             Iraq

For more info:  www.afsa.org/essaycontest