Veterans Day is the one day of the year dedicated to thanking the men and women who have made countless sacrifices for our country. This Veterans Day, children can express their thanks for America’s veterans by entering the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) ninth annual National Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contest. It is a great opportunity for children to express what America’s veterans means to them. For teachers and parents, it’s an opportunity to teach children about our nation’s veterans, their service and the sacrifices they made for our country, and the contributions they continue to make in our communities today.
This year’s contest theme is: Show/Tell a Personal Story about a Veteran Who Has Made a Difference in Your Life or Hometown. Using their own words, images, and creativity, children can share a personal story about a veteran who has had an impact on their lives, neighborhood, and/or community. These stories need not be limited to military service and can also include veterans who have gone on to serve their communities as teachers, coaches, first responders, mentors, etc. Entrants should not depict a historical review of Veterans Day but focus more on the veteran and their personal story.
The competition is open to students in grades 1–8. The poster contest is open to students in grades 1–4, which will be separated into two categories for judging: 1st–2nd grade and 3rd–4th grade. The essay contest is open to students in grades 5–8 and will be separated into two categories for judging: 5th–6th grade and 7th–8th grade.
Entries will be judged by a panel of individuals representing the Paralyzed Veterans of America, paralyzed veterans, stakeholders who have a strong interest in our nation’s veterans, as well as educators and leaders in Washington, DC. The grand prize winners—one student from the poster contest and one student from the essay contest—will receive an award plaque and an all-expenses paid trip for the student accompanied by a parent or guardian to Washington, DC, for Veterans Day 2012.
I. CONTEST LABEL FORM AND PUBLICITY RELEASE FORM
All entries must be accompanied by both a fully completed “Contest Label Form,” which must be taped or clipped to the back of each poster and essay entry (please do not staple), as well as a completed “Publicity Release Form.”
II. CONTEST THEME
The theme for the Poster and Essay Contest is Show/Tell a Personal Story about a Veteran Who Has Made a Difference in Your Life or Hometown. Each Essay Contest student, using his or her own words and creativity, will tell a personal story about how a veteran has made a difference in his/her life, neighborhood, or town. These stories need not be limited to military service and can also include veterans who have gone on to serve their communities as teachers, coaches, first responders, mentors, etc. Poster contest entrants will show a scene of the same theme. Entrants should not depict a historical review of Veterans Day but focus more on the veteran and their personal story.
III. CONTEST DEADLINE
All poster and essay entries must be received by September 28, 2012. The Grand Prize winners will be notified by October 22, 2011. Entries not meeting deadlines will be disqualified.
IV. CONTEST GRADE CATEGORIES
This year’s contests will be evaluated in the following grade-related categories.
- 1st–2nd Grade - Poster
- 3rd–4th Grade - Poster
- 5th–6th Grade - Essay
- 7th–8th Grade - Essay
V. POSTER AND ESSAY SPECIFICATIONS
A. Poster (1st– 4th Grades)
Poster entries cannot exceed 11" by 17" in size and must be submitted on paper/stock without any staples.
B. Essay (5th–8th Grades)
Essay entries can be typed or handwritten neatly on white 8½" X 11" lined paper, must be in English, and may not exceed 200 words.
All posters and essays must be the work of only one (1) child, consisting of the child’s own words, thoughts, and creativity.
Note: Upon submission, all posters and essays will become the property of Paralyzed Veterans of America, which reserves the right to reproduce submissions, and will not be returned.
The contest is open to students in Grades 1–8 who are enrolled in public and private schools and home-schooled students living in the United States.
National finalists will be judged by a panel of individuals representing Paralyzed Veterans of America, paralyzed veterans, stakeholders who have a strong interest in our nation’s veterans, and educators and leaders in Washington, DC. Each poster and essay will be judged on the following criteria: expression of the theme (50%); content of artwork style and/or writing (25%), creativity of artwork and/or writing (25%). The decision of the adjudication panel is final.
A. All Entrants
All entrants will be recognized for their participation by Paralyzed Veterans of America. Please provide your contact information including an email address.
A group of 10 student finalists from each of the four grade categories will be awarded a certificate of merit and a special commemorative T-shirt.
C. Grade Category Winners
The winning student from each grade category will be presented with a special plaque and a $100 educational gift certificate. The student’s school will also receive a plaque recognizing the student’s honor.
D. Grand Prize
One student from the poster contest and one student from the essay contest will be presented with an award plaque and all-expense paid trip for the student along with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC, for Veterans Day 2012. The two students will be the special guests of Paralyzed Veterans of America at the national ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and will be recognized by Paralyzed Veterans of America during its Veterans Day events.
VIII. POSTER AND ESSAY VISIBILITY
Selected posters and essays will be prominently displayed and will receive national visibility. They may include:
- Paralyzed Veterans of America National Office
- Paralyzed Veterans of America Chapter Offices
- The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC
- Paralyzed Veterans of America website: www.pva.org
- PN magazine
- Paralyzed Veterans of America will also distribute news releases to both the national and local media announcing the results of the contest in November.
Note: Paralyzed Veterans of America assumes no responsibility for poster and essay submissions. Winning entrants agree that Paralyzed Veterans of America has the right to use, without further permission and/or compensation, their drawings and/or essays for promotion of Veterans Day, or any other related use. The submissions will not be returned. Previous winners are not eligible for prizes.
Download: label form, entry form
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