8th Grade Essay Contest: If I Were Mayor (3/6/19)
The New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) invites all eighth grade students currently enrolled in a school located in a city or village in New York State to participate in the third annual statewide essay contest addressing the topic, “If I Were Mayor, I
Would . . .” This essay contest received tremendous feedback in the last two years with close to 100 participating schools and more than 2,000 essays submitted. This year we are continuing this successful program and look forward to hearing from your students with their innovative and creative ideas to better their communities.
Three winning essays will be selected. The first place winner will receive $150, second place $75 and third place $50. The first place winner along with his/her parents, teacher and mayor will be invited to and recognized at our Annual Meeting banquet Sunday, May 5th at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown. The first place winner will also be provided with an overnight stay in Cooperstown for Sunday, May 5th. Lastly, the three winners will be highlighted on the NYCOM website and in our Municipal Matters magazine. All students whose essays make it to the final round will receive an “Honorable Mention” certificate.
We would appreciate your help in promoting the essay contest in the following ways:
- POSTER - Reproduce and display this poster throughout your school (legal size).
- ENTRY FORM/BROCHURE - Reproduce and share with students and parents.
- SOCIAL MEDIA and/or WEBSITE – Promote the contest link on school sites.
- POWERPOINT- Share this PowerPoint presentation with students to equip them with a better understanding of local government and the duties of a Mayor.
If you would like hard copies of these materials, please contact the NYCOM office and we will be happy to mail them to you.
Essays must be submitted by March 6, 2019, and must be between 350-500 words (must not exceed 500). For a complete list of contest rules and tips to help your students write winning essays, please refer to the entry form/brochure and PowerPoint presentation available on our website at www.nycom.org. To view the 2018 and 2017 awards winners please click HERE. Feel free to contact your local mayor and ask if they are interested in discussing municipal government with your students.
For questions regarding this contest, please contact Jennifer Purcell at (518) 463-1185 or via email at Jennifer@nycom.org. You may also visit NYCOM’s website athttp://www.nycom.org for more information about the contest.
Art Contest Opportunity
If interested, you must submit your art by March 1, 2019, directly to one of our art teachers: Ms. Worster, for MS and Ms. Trpic-Ruckavina for HS.
Annual Art Contest Irish Announces American Heritage and Culture Committee
The Irish American Heritage & Culture Committee
We are pleased to announce the annual Art Contest. All schools are invited to submit their students’ artwork celebrating...
“People of Ireland in America: Making Connections”
- K - 8: 1st Prize - $100, 2nd Prize - $75, 3rd Prize - $50
- 9-12: 1st Prize - $100, 2nd Prize - $75, 3rd Prize - $50
Theme: “The People of Ireland in America: Making Connections.”
Presentation: All work should be submitted on stiffened white paper or board. Minimum size is 8.5’’ x 11’’ and maximum size is 12’’ x 18’.’ Any media is acceptable. Collage material must be securely fastened. The student’s contact form (see below) should be attached to the back of the student work. In addition, a brief paragraph describing the concept being visually expressed must be submitted with the work. It is suggested they seek inspiration in references about Irish connections to America.
Timely Submission: All work must be received from schools by Friday, March 15, 2019. Winners will be announced on March 20, 2019. All entries must be sent to Mrs. Kate Judge-Patton, P.S. 119, 3829 Avenue K, Brooklyn, NY 11210.
Winners will be contacted directly. Art will be displayed and the names of prize-winning students and their teachers will be announced in the program for our committee’s awards ceremony..
Submit entries to the photo contest at WWW.QUEENSBP.ORG/2019LNY by February 14, 2019. This year's Photo Contest invites the public to submit photos under the theme: "NEW YEAR AND ME".
- Submission deadline: Thursday, February 14, 2019 by 11:59pm ET.
- Each contestant may submit up to one photo per year. Select your submission carefully; contestants with multiple submissions will be automatically disqualified.
- The photo must be submitted by its original author, in .jpeg, .png or .tif format, and in medium to high quality.
- The photo must be accompanied by a caption describing the significance of the photo.
- The photo must not show the name of the photographer, agency, publication, or any other information (these details can be included in the metadata of the photo, but must not be visible on the photo itself).
Winners will be notified via e-mail by February 19, 2019.
Winners will be announced and winning entries will be featured on display at:
Borough President Katz's 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration
ABENY's 2019 Black History Month Essay Contest
The deadline for entries is January 4, 2019. The topic is "African American Activists in the Struggle for Social Justice and Equity." The guidelines can be found HERE, including the rubric. The winning students will be honored at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Saturday, February 2, from 1 - 2:30. ABENY is honored that Chancellor Richard Carranza will make special remarks at the ceremony.