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Contests and Opportunities for High School Students  2015 -  2016

Barnes and Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest

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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

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.

Morrill Memorial Library

“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  www.norwoodlibrary.org.

To qualify, the essays need to be submitted by email to nling@minlib.net or to the Morrill Memorial Library Outreach Department between Tuesday, March 15th and by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15th, 2016.  Three 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.