Essay, Poster and Video Contest

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A Season of Diversity

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    • Participation

      • What is the deadline for submissions? Friday, December 3, 2010.
      • Who is eligible to participate? Participation is open to any student who lives or attends school in the Santa Clarita Valley (grades 1st – 12th).
      • May home-schooled students participate in the A Season of Diversity Contest? Yes. Participation is open to anyone who lives or attends school in the Santa Clarita Valley (grades 1st – 12th).
      • May Participants enter more than one category? No. Contest participants can only participate in one category (Essay, Poster, or Video).
      Entries
      • What are the entry guidelines?
        • All entries submitted must be original works and must relate to the A Season of Diversity Contest theme: What does cultural diversity mean to you?
        • Use of copyrighted material is not acceptable in any submission. There are exceptions… participants are encouraged to look up and review Use of Copyrighted Materials "exceptions" with a parent/guardian before completing an entry.
        • Essays: 1,000 words or less - printed neatly or typed and double spaced - numbered and stapled pages. On the front cover sheet of the entry, include first and last name, category with grade, and school.
        • Posters: Standard poster board size (24"x 36") or smaller. On a small label attached to the back side of the entry, include first and last name, category with grade, and school.
        • Video: Three (3)-minute maximum. Must submit through YouTube - videos are open, in regards to format and style, and may include multi-media and animation. The participant must be the director and screenwriter. Send video entry to YouTube link to: diversity@santa-clarita.com. Subject Line: A Season of Diversity Contest (include contact information, URL, and send contest entry form electronically).
        • Does every entry have to include the Contest Entry Form? Yes. The A Season of Diversity Contest Entry Form must be submitted with every entry (only video entries may submit Contest Entry Form electronically).
        • Must the A Season of Diversity Contest Entry Form have a parent's signature if the participant is 18 years old or under? Yes. The A Season of Diversity Contest Entry Form must be signed by a parent/legal guardian, as well as the participant, if the participant is under 18 years of age.
        • Must the A Season of Diversity Contest Entry Form have a parent's signature if the participant is 18 years old or over? No. If the participant is 18 years old or over, the
        • Must the A Season of Diversity Contest Entry Form have a parent's signature if the participant is 18 years old or over? No. If the participant is 18 years old or over, the A Season of Diversity Contest Entry Form needs only the student's signature
        • Where do I send my entry?
          • The Essay and Poster submissions are to be mailed or delivered to:
            City of Santa Clarita
            Attn: Human Relations Forum
            Santa Clarita Activities Center
            20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
            Santa Clarita, CA 91350
          • For Video submissions, send YouTube link to: diversity@santa-clarita.com. Subject Line: A Season of Diversity Contest (include contact information, URL, and send contest entry form electronically).

      Judging and Categories

      • Who will serve as the Judges for this contest? Members of the Santa Clarita Human Relations Forum will serve as Judges for this contest.
      • How are entries judged? Judging will make certain that each entry meets criteria, with regard to contest guidelines.
      • Entries will be judged primarily on how well the participant uses their creativity/ vision to portray the theme.
      • Entries are critiqued against others in the same category.

      What are the categories? The categories include:

      • Category I: 1st - 3rd grade students
      • Category II: 4th - 6th grade students
      • Category III: 7th - 8th grade students
      • Category IV: 9th -12th grade students

      Awards and Recognition

      • How will I know if I am a winner of the A Season of Diversity Contest? Winners will be contacted via-phone, e-mail, and/or mail.
      • How will I know who the contest winners are? The announcement of the A Season of Diversity Contest winners will be posted on Monday, January 24, 2011, at: www.santa-clarita.com/humanrelationsforum.

      What are the awards?

      • Winning prizes for each Essay, Poster, and Video Category include: 1st Place: $85,
        2nd Place: $55, and 3rd Place: $25.
      • Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, February 28, 2011.
      • Where is the awards ceremony being held? The awards ceremony (invite only) will be held at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91350.
      • What time is the awards ceremony? The awards ceremony (invite only) will start at 6:00 p.m.

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