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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.

Amazing Women's Edition Writing Contest
Deadline: Jan 20, 2020
To honor the vast accomplishments of women in the United States, the National Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the Amazing Women's Edition (AWE) competition. This writing contest is open to students in grades K to 8 residing in the United States. Each entry must incorporate the theme of Local Heroines. AWE calls upon students in grades K to 8 to write and illustrate original books on heroines in their communities. The winning book will be published in hard cover and donated to public libraries. Additionally, the winning student will receive a $500 prize. The parent, teacher or team leader will receive $250. The award will presented at the Philadelphia Girls Rally in March 2020. Deadline: The book entry must be postmarked by January 6, 2020.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
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 31, 2020
Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathmatics. Open to students Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduates. Submission deadline: January 31, 2020
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


C-SPAN StudentCam
Deadline: Jan 20, 2020
StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme, "What's Your Vision in 2020? Explore the issue you most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign."
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Celebrate The West High School Art Competition
Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
The Western Governors' Association is proud to announce its 4th Annual "Celebrate the West" regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state and living in the West. The entry deadline is April 30, 2020. Students are welcome to submit artwork used for other contests or assignments. Students' artwork will be returned, and shipping will be paid for by WGA. It is easy to enter! Students only need to email a photograph of their artwork along with the entry form found on the website. http://westgov.org/celebrate-the-west Western Governors' Association 720-939-0444
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Civil Rights Defense Fund Writing Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
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.)


Creative Communication Poetry Contests
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
Enter the poetry contests and get published. Entries must be students in 9th grade or lower living in the United States. Three poetry contests a year.
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge
Deadline: Mar 07, 2020
Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.Complete your student profile and upload your video entry by May 7th, 2020. Challenge opens March 7, 2020
This is an annual contest. (Previous winners)


Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest
Deadline: Dec 28, 2019
This poetry contest and writing contest is open to everyone and international. Writing Contest entries may be written on a maximum of (5) pages, either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Poetry Contest entries may be written on any subject or theme. All poems must be 30 lines or fewer and either neatly handwritten or typed, single or double line spacing. There is a $10.00 (US dollars) entry fee per short story submitted and a $5.00 (US dollars) entry fee per poem submitted.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


ExploraVision
Deadline: Feb 10, 2020
ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. ExploraVision is designed for K - 12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels. The competition is open to students enrolled in public, private or home school in the United States and Canada.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Math Contests - Homeschool Division
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
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.)


NASA OPSPARC
Deadline: Dec 01, 2019
Through the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC), OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS encourage students to embark on three missions, starting with a scavenger hunt for NASA "spinoffs," or technologies created for NASA missions now being used for other purposes. Hosted by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Registration & Submission Open: October 1 - December 1, 2019
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Optimist International Oratorical Contest
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
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, 2019
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.)


Profiles in Courage Essay Contest
Deadline: Jan 17, 2020
The annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites high school students from across the nation to write an original essay about an elected official who has demonstrated political courage. The contest is a companion program of the Profile in Courage Award, named for President Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which recounts the stories of eight senators, the obstacles they faced, and the special valor they demonstrated despite the risks. Submissions for the 2019 Profile in Courage Essay Contest will be accepted starting September 1, 2019. The contest deadline is January 17, 2020
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Science Olympiad
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
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 15, 2020
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 15, 2020
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


Team America Rocketry Challenge
Deadline: Dec 01, 2019
The American Rocketry Challenge is the world's largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry's strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), the contest was created in the fall of 2002 as a one-time celebration of the Centennial of Flight, but by popular demand became an annual program. Registration begins annually in September.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


The Congressional Seminar Essay Contest
Deadline: Dec 01, 2019
The Congressional Seminar Essay contest is open to students in grades 10,11, 12. The students will write an essay on the topic: "Why is history important? Why should we preserve our national treasures and how should we, as a nation, continue to preserve our lands and historic buildings?" This essay contest is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation's capital.Students may apply online at nscda.org (click on student resources then click on Congressional Essay Contest). Essays are due by Dec. 1, 2019.
(No information found about previous winners.)


The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program
Deadline: Mar 01, 2020
An educational arts and science program teaching students grades K - 12 the importance of conservation, waterfowl and wetlands. State art contests are held annually from February to April. Deadline for entries in the United States and U.S. Territories is March 1. Note the deadlines for the following states; South Carolina is January 10, Arizona is March 1, and Ohio is March 1. See listing of state deadlines in appliction.
This is an annual contest. (No information found about previous winners.)


The Radiant Peace Education Awards
Deadline: Dec 31, 2019
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, 2019
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.)


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