Contests and Opportunities for Student Achievement

Use the links provided or see the moderator listed for additional information about these regional and national opportunities to highlight student work.

Opportunity Description Submission Date Moderator
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Approved Contests & Programs Various subjects and disciplines.  A very large data set  See website. Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
Earth Science Week Photography Contest Original photo on the theme "Exploring Earth Science" October 18, 2019 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
Bennington College Young Writers Awards For 10th, 11th and 12th grade writing in poetry, fiction and non-fiction categories. Nov. 1, 2019 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
Scholastic National Writing Contest Multiple forms and genres Dec. 12, 2019 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
Scholastic National Art Contest Multiple forms Dec. 12, 2019 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
Global Student Voice Film Festival Creative short video on a theme TBA TBA Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
American Computer Science League Contests Show your Comp Science chops
by solving coding problems.

Contest #1: Dec. 20, 2019

Contest #2: Feb. 7, 2020

Contest #3: Mar. 13, 2020

Contest #4: Apr. 17, 2020

Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
One Earth Film Festival Young Filmmakers Contest

Grades 9-11:  A 3-8 minute video on any of the following:  water, waste, food, transportation, energy, open space and ecosystems;

Grade 12:  A 3-8 minute video that motivates viewers towards behavior change or activism.

Jan. 5, 2020  
NPR Podcast Challenge

Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then submit it with help from a teacher.  This contest is aimed at students between 5th and 12th grade. Each podcast should be between three and 12 minutes long.  The winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

TBA Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
JFK Presidential Library "Profiles in Courage" Essay Contest Write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Jan. 17, 2020 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
Bill of Rights Institute "We the Students" Essay Contest Essay prompt:  TBA? TBA 2020 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
Gilder Lehrman History Essay Contest The U.S. Civil War TBA 2020 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
Gilder Lehrman Documentary Video Contest The U.S. Civil War TBA 2020 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest Divisions for contrived (arranged), natural,
and multiple image photos
TBA 2020 Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)
U.S. Institute of Peace and American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest Essay topic:  TBA TBA Mr. Vallez-Kelly (Library)