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by Mary Ann Kelley
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Remember that most contests run on the academic year with registration in the fall and winners announced in the early spring. If you find that there are no current contests when you check, please check back in the fall for the new deadlines.

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest's first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion's National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.For more information: oratorical@legion.org
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Association of Women in Math Essay Contest
Deadline: Jan 10, 2019
Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathmatics. Open to students Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduates. Request deadline: January 10, 2019 Submission deadline: January 31, 2019
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Civil Rights Defense Fund Writing Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?". The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund continues its Yearly Youth Essay Contest celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Deadline: Oct 31, 2018
Each year the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 250 scholarships valued from $4,000 to $20,000 to high school seniors. "Coca-Cola" Scholarships are awarded based on character, personal merit and commitment. Merit is demonstrated through leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement, and motivation to serve and succeed. Applications are accepted Aug 1 - Oct 31 of the senior year in high school.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Constitution Day Poster Design Contest
Deadline: Oct 01, 2018
Constitutionfacts.com and the GIC (Government Information for Children - ALA GODORT) are national sponsors of the Tenth Annual U.S. Constitution Day Poster Contest for students, an international contest promoted exclusively through the Internet.To compete, the contest invites K-12 entrants (including homeschoolers) to celebrate Constitution Day (Sept. 17) by designing a poster showing how they benefited from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2018. The first 100 entrants receive a free pocket constitution book from constitutionfacts.com, with the contest winners receiving additional prizes!
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge
Deadline: Jul 16, 2018
Looking for a fun and challenging activity for your students? Show off their math and problem-solving skills by participating in the Game-a-thon Challenge! MIND Research Institute sponsors the annual and national K-12 Game-a-thon Challenge to cultivate and showcase game designs featuring creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems. Students will launch a life-long love of math as they apply the math they are learning to game-play. Top entries are featured at our annual Math Fair (location varies each year). Sign-ups begin Jan 1 of each year, with a cut off deadline for play in July.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Math Contests - Homeschool Division
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to inspire students to excel in math, and to convey the message to young students: It is COOL to be good at math! The contest is for students in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5. Any teacher from a public school or a private school is welcome to register their students. Open to Homeschool students in grades 2 - 8.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


National Young Astronomer Award
Deadline: Jan 31, 2019
N.Y.A.A. is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements by high school aged astronomers throughout the United States. To apply, eligible persons should submit application packages by the January 31 deadline.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


News Bowl USA
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
The National Contest is a current events challenge involving schools across the nation. Held in the spring, The News Bowl Contest involves teams of 3-5 students by grade level from grade three to high school. Teams form each fall.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Optimist International Oratorical Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is: "Where are My Roots of Optimism." Contest is eligible to students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. The deadline to enter is determined by the sponsoring Optimist Club. All Club-level contests are typically held by late March.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Poetic Power Student Writing Contests
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
Creative Communication is devoted to promoting writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. The intent of student writing contests is to motivate creative writers. Top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative insights of today's student writers. Multiple ongoing contests.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Science Olympiad
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. Teams start each fall.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Student Book Scholars Writing Contest
Deadline: Jul 14, 2018
National Youth Foundation sponsored contest. 2018 Theme is Anti-Bullying. There is no fee to enter and is open to kids in Grades K to 8. Prize: $500 and your book published (the parent or project coordinator for the winning team wins $250). Deadline:July 14, 2018
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Team America Rocketry Challenge
Deadline: Nov 30, 2018
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the only aerospace-specific national STEM competition. TARC has reached over 55,000 students in the past decade. An extra-curricular hands-on project-based learning program, the TARC competition is modeled around the aerospace industry's design, fabrication and testing processes. All students participate in a team of 3-10 students to design, build, and fly a rocket. Like aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same basic mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning a raw egg ("the astronaut") without cracking. Each year a unique task is also included; this year we are challenging students to fly two eggs and to use two parachutes to recover the rocket and eggs. Registration begins annually in September.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


The Radiant Peace Education Awards
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
All students in grades 1-12 from public and private schools, home schools, youth and afterschool groups, and abroad are welcome to enter the national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards. The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects. Two contest held annually. Deadlines are April and December of each year
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


You Be The Chemist Challenge
Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
The You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge is an interactive academic competition that engages grade 5?8 students in learning with their peers (and their community!) about important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety. The Challenge is similar in format to spelling bee/quiz bowl competitions but engages participating students in the study of chemistry. The YBTC Challenge is organized into three competitive levels: local, state, and national. Local Challenges take place in communities nationwide through the collaborative efforts of industry, educators, and other community volunteers. Challenges begin in the fall of each school year.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Deadline: Oct 31, 2018
The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest offers young artists interested in hunting and wildlife an outlet to use their creative talent, practice artistic techniques, and refine wildlife identification skills through the creation of original works. This contest encourages youth to nurture their interest for the visual arts, hunting, and wildlife conservation. It also reinforces the positive effects of hunting and wildlife conservation with the public at large.Students grades 1 through 12 (including home-schooled children) are eligible to enter and all entries must portray North American game birds or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped. Artists have the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes!Contest starts September 1 and entries must be postmarked by October 31.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


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