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12/10/2021 11:59 PM
See your English teacher or Mrs. Van Zee for more details In preparation for the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding, the DAR is launching the "Patriots of the American Revolution DAR High School Essay ContestExternal Links icon”! This contest will focus on the men and women, both famous and unknown, who figured in the events of the American Revolution (1773 – 1783). Students will be asked to discuss how their chosen Patriot contributed to the founding of the nation. These Patriots may be one of our famous Founders, or an everyday man, woman, or child who supported the American Revolution in ways both large or small. We hope that this wide topic area will allow students to choose individuals who capture their imagination and interest. Students will be encouraged to use primary sources (that is, immediate, first-hand accounts such as letters, diaries, speeches, and newspaper reports) for their research, and judges will be asked to take the quality and scope of references into account when judging the essays. While many primary references are online, at, for example, the National Archives’ Founders Online projectExternal Links icon or the Library of Congress’ American Revolution Digital CollectionExternal Links icon, DAR chapters are also encouraged to reach out to students to help them explore the many primary sources available in their area at local historical societies, local libraries, and even in chapters’ own records and collections. The essay contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private and parochial schools, and to those who are home schooled. All grades will be judged together, with one national winner chosen. Chapters may award each essay writer a Patriots of the American Revolution Essay Participation Certificate, available for purchase through the DAR StoreExternal Links icon. Chapters will select one essay as the chapter winner, for whom the chapter may purchase a certificate/bronze medal set available for sale through the DAR StoreExternal Links icon. States will also select one essay winner to represent the state for judging at the Division level, and a state level winner certificate/silver medal set (also available for sale through the DAR Store)External Links icon will be presented to the state winners. Each Division level will also have one winner, who will receive a certificate and a book. The National Society will select first-, second- and third-place winners. The national winner will receive a National Winner Certificate, pin and monetary award, presented at Continental Congress. The winning essay may appear in official DAR communications. (National second-and third-place winners will also receive a certificate and monetary award.) Additional information is available by visiting the American History Committee section of the DAR Members WebsiteExternal Links icon. This essay contest is a wonderful opportunity to engage students during the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. It complements the American History essay contestExternal Links icon, which is for students in the 5th to 9th grades. It has also replaced the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest: the DAR administered that high school essay contest in partnership with the National Christopher Columbus Association for 25 years, but has decided to focus on our core mission of promoting the history and ideas of the American Revolution. This essay contest will encourage students to think more about the many different people, known and unknown, who were a part of the American Revolution, and perhaps even see themselves in the figures they write about.
  
1/14/2022 11:59 PM
The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate. The winner receives $10,000, a joint prize from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and John Hancock. The winner and her/his family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in May to accept her/his award. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston for the winning student and her/his parents. Second-place winner receives a $3,000 cash award. Five finalists receive a $1000 cash award. Eight semifinalists receive JFK Centennial awards of $100. All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy. The nominating teacher of the first-place winner is also invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to receive the John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 for school projects encouraging student leadership and civic engagement. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston.
  
2/15/2022 11:59 PM
One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, three $1,000 third place prizes and four $500 prizes will be awarded. Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending high school overseas. Additional questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to essaycontest@thefire.org. the Prompt In a persuasive letter or essay, convince your peers that free speech is a better idea than censorship. Your letter or essay must be between 700-900 words. We encourage you to draw from current events, historical examples, our free speech comic, other resources on FIRE’s website, and/or your own personal experiences. Note: While there is no required format for your submission, many entrants use MLA guidelines. Successful entries will show an understanding of the importance of free speech and the pitfalls of censorship. You may use in-text citations, and do not need to include a References or Works Cited page. Essays that do not address the prompt question or fail to meet the word-count requirements will not be considered.
  
3/26/2022 11:59 PM
Each year the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Resource Conservation and Forestry Division, sponsors a resource conservation-oriented speech contest. Any SD student in grades 9-12 is eligible to enter. This includes public, private, and home-school students. The contest consists of three levels - local, area and state. Two winners from each of the local contests advance to the area contests. Two winners from each of the seven area contests advance to the state competition. Conservation districts take the lead at the local and area levels, with the Division coordinating the state finals. East River and Rushmore Electric Power Cooperatives and South Dakota Rural Electric Association present the winners with scholarships to be used at any college, university or accredited vocational technical school within South Dakota. Other co-sponsors include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts $2,300 in scholarships State Champion ........... $1,100 Second Place ................. $750 Third Place ..................... $450
  
2/1/2026 11:59 PM
Juniors with experience on their high school newspapers will receive preference.
  
2/1/2026 11:59 PM
The National Academy of Engineering invites students (both boys and girls) in grades 3-12 to submit an essay with their engineering ideas for helping vulnerable and endangered animals. Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 are available for the best essays in each of 3 age categories.
  
4/1/2026 11:59 PM
See Mr. Schumacher for forms and details
  
4/15/2028 11:59 PM
The Cancer Unwrapped High School Writing Contest invites students to submit essays about their experience with cancer for the opportunity to win one of several $500 cash prizes. Winning essays will be well-written, compelling and emotionally honest. Details: *Open to students in grades 9-12 residing in the US *Essays must be between 500-2000 words *Essays must be submitted at www.cancerpathways.org by April 15, 2019 For more information please email Liz Lange at liz@cancerpathways.org
  
3/17/2030 11:59 PM
Mrs. Van Zee will host a group of students for Scrubs Camp in the MHS Theater on March 17, 2021. Scrubs Camps are designed to increase awareness, interest, and understanding of health careers available in South Dakota through creative and interactive activities. Scrubs Camps will provide an opportunity for students to experience first-hand, the challenges, opportunities and rewards of health careers. All while learning about the skills and education that are required to become a health professional.
  
6/25/2030 11:59 PM
The HS Navigator Young Scholars Program strives to engage academically talented students with a strong desire to pursue careers in computer science and related areas. The program incorporates a lecture series, research exposure experiences, and networking opportunities. Participants will also get the chance to work on live projects on a variety of latest CS and modern fields. The opportunity itself is a remote 8-Weekend online program where every weekend will consist of 2-4 hrs webinars and labs on scheduled topics. Students can then create their own blogs or sites to help showcase the projects that they have made! This will be unique opportunity for all Middle and High school student who are not able to find any summer program in this pandemic time. Apply Online at Young Scholar Program Application page Important Details 1. Application Start Date : May 1 2. Application Deadline : June 25, 2021 3. Program Date : July 3- Aug 29,2021 4. Application Fees : Free More details available at Company Brochure. Final schedule will be made available to all selected candidates by the end of June. This will be a great experience for all students who pursue careers in Computer science. HS Navigator is a one-stop search tool for finding pre-college summer programs or internships or volunteer opportunities for high school students created by high school students only. Please share with the students for this free young scholar program. Admission will be done on rolling basis. Thanks again, Please do share any comments or suggesion which can help school counselor and we will add as enhancement project in the Young Scholar Program Sincerely, Mehar Johal Senior at South Brunswick High School, NJ HS Navigator Website Developer Certified Amazon AWS and Oracle OCI Cloud Architect Certified Amazon Machine Learning Specialist My Linkedin
  
12/31/2030 11:59 PM
Eligibility Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending high school overseas. Additional questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to essaycontest@thefire.org. Word Length Word Length Students must submit an essay between 700 and 900 words on the provided topic below. Deadline Deadline FIRE must receive all entries by 11:59 EST, December 31, 2021. Winners will be announced by February 15, 2022. Scholarship Prizes Scholarship Prizes One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, three $1,000 third place prizes and four $500 prizes will be awarded.
  
4/1/2166 11:59 PM
See Mr. Schumacher for forms and details.
  
5/15/2168 11:59 PM
Would you like to honor and serve America? Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends? Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol. The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you. To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets usually meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.
  
12/31/2168 11:59 PM
Pilot Pen is continuing the G2 Overachievers Student Grant designed to reward and celebrate one exceptional young scholar (aged 13 to 19, in middle school or high school) who is making a difference in others’ lives outside of the classroom. One student grant winner will earn $12,500 to further their education and/or continue their good works. The winner’s school will also be awarded $2,500 to help enhance their efforts to foster student overachievement. Entrants are required to submit 1,000 to 2,500 handwritten words expressing how they, or a student they know, are working outside the classroom to benefit others. Submissions for the G2 Overachievers Student Grant will be accepted until December 31st, 2019.
  
5/21/2170 11:59 PM
Held July 11-15, 2021 at the University of South Dakota • Receive one general college credit from USD at no additional cost. • Meet fellow students from other high schools and make lasting friendships. • Enjoy great food, fun and games. • One day field trip to tour/visit nationally known accounting firm and regional business. • A chance to win a scholarship to the USD Beacom School of Business. • Explore the University of South Dakota’s AACSB International accredited business school. • Explore the field of accounting and the many opportunities available to accounting graduates!
 
 
 

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 America's Career InfoNet
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 Monster Job Search
 MonsterTrak Entry Level Jobs
 Occupational Outlook Handbook
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 South Dakota Career InSite
 SD Health Occupations for Today & Tomorrow (SDHOTT)
 SD MyLife (see Ms. Bertsch for username & password)
 Titan Machinery Service Technician Sponsorship Program
 Today's Military
 

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