Contests and Opportunities for High School Students  2015 -  2016


Barnes and Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest   Enter Today      English     Spanish
Write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5" x 11" white paper)
sharing how a teacher has influenced your life and why you appreciate and admire the teacher.
Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the
entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules.   Participating schools will
collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative. Deadline for
entries is March 1, 2016.  More here.

Between the Lines International Writing Program      

As countless alumni have expressed, “Between the Lines will change your life.” The immersive project
of cultural exchange and creative writing leaves an indelible impression on participants.    FAQ for American Students



The ExploraVision competition for K-12 students engages the next generation in real-world problem
solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate
new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science

      Fifty Great College Scholarships
At SuperScholar we do not only want to help you find the right degree program for you; we also want to help
you launch your post-college career with a bang! One thing that can hinder your post-college success is too
much school-related debt. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, nearly 70% of students
graduate from an undergraduate program with approximately $30,000 of education-related debt each year.



 Calling all teen artists & writers! Submit to TMC! 

   Moody's Mega Math Challenge

Moody's Mega Math Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for high school students sponsored by The
Moody's Foundation and organized by SIAM. The M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful
problem-solving tool, as a viable and exciting profession, and as a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society. The contest introduces high school students to applied mathematics by giving them an opportunity
to work in teams to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints akin to those faced by industrial- applied mathematicians.

“The Bravest Character I Know and Why” Essay Contest 

Time to get our your pen and paper, IPAD or laptops.  The Morrill Memorial Library is again running its annual 
essay contest . This year’s topic is “The Bravest Character I Know and Why."  Each submission MUST include
the entry form, and be 1,000 words or less, describing 
why your favorite character from a story is your hero. 
This year's contest is open only to students who are Norwood residents.  The three age groups are as follows:
Group 1 (3rd and 4th graders), Group 2 (5th - 8th graders), and Group 3 (9th  - 12th graders). 
 Anyone interested
in entering the contest may stop by the library for the details and the entry form, or find them online at

To qualify, the essays need to be submitted by email to [email protected] or to the Morrill Memorial Library
Outreach Department between Tuesday, March 15th and by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15th, 2016.  
prizes will be awarded in each category.  The first, second and third prizes are, in this order, $35, $25 and
$10 dollar gift certificates to Barnes & Noble.  A celebration will be held in the MML's Simoni Room on
Monday, May 9th, from 7 - 9 p.m.


The Simoni Family continues to generously fund an essay contest for Norwood High School seniors.

PRIZES:  First - $ 2,500; Second - $ 1, 500; Third - $ 1,000.

TOPIC:  Current Political Event which has its roots in American History   SOURCES:  Minimum of SIX

LENGTH:  1500-2000 words    FORMAT:  MLA Research Paper Guidelines (See Mrs. Goldman)

DUE DATE:  Submit TWO word-processed copies to Ms. Drummey or Mrs. Orlinski no later than 2:30 pm
on Friday, 15 April 2016.


5 Components:
1) Discussion of current event
2) Research of historical material
3) Linking of current event to historical material
4) Research Paper format
5) Presentation:  mechanics – grammar, spelling, usage, etc.

6 – flawless
5 – excellent
4 – good
3 – mediocre
2 – poor
1 – unacceptable
Thus, grades will range from 5 to 30.

**Winners will need to submit an electronic copy.**
Any questions?  See Ms. Drummey or Mrs. Orlinski in 305.

Toyota Video Challenge   
If your friends were going to watch ONE video that made them think twice about
making bad decisions behind the wheel, what would that video be?
This is what we’re asking YOU to create.


Voice of Democracy

The entry form for the upcoming 2016-17 contest will be available in early March 2016.
If you have questions, please contact the VFW National Headquarters at [email protected] for assistance.


Young Writers Conference (creative writing)
Registrations are now being accepted for the 26th Annual Betty Curtis Worcester
County Young Writers’ Conference to take place on March 5, at St. John’s High School
in Shrewsbury, MA. The deadline to sign up is January 31. See more

 YES Abroad Global Citizens   
The U.S. State Department's Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program gives high school students
the chance to experience a different culture.  Register 
here to be notified when the 2017 - 2018 application
becomes available.  




updated January 27, 2016