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Following are contests, scholarships, and internships for students; the list is organized by application deadline. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

June 1. Art Contest.

Earth and Sky Radio Series, a daily science radio program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, invites K-12 students to create artwork about one of its shows for the 1999 Young Artists Contest. The winning drawings will be displayed in the kids' section of the Earth and Sky Web site. For more information, go to or e-mail [email protected].

June 1. Arts.

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts honors high school seniors and artists ages 17 and 18 in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search. The foundation recognizes efforts in visual arts, dance, theater, writing, photography, and music composition and performance. Awards ranging from $100 to $3,000 are given to 125 students selected to take a one-week, expenses-paid trip to Miami for workshops and auditions. Students applying by June 1 pay a $25 entry fee; those applying between then and October 1 pay a $35 fee. Entrants submit slides of their artwork, video or audiotapes of performances, or writing samples. Contact: Arts Recognition and Talent Search, 800 Brickell Ave., Suite 500, Miami, FL 33131; (800) 970-2787;

June 1. Peace.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation announces its 1999 Swackhamer Peace Essay Contest. Abolition 2000, a global network of groups and individuals who want to eliminate nuclear weapons, seeks an international treaty by 2000 for phased elimination of nuclear weapons. High school students should submit essays of 500-1,000 words on actions young people should take to realize this goal. Essays will be judged on subject knowledge, originality of ideas, development of point of view, insight, clarity, organization, and grammar. The first-, second-, and third-place winners receive $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Suite 123, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Or contact the foundation at: e-mail [email protected];

June 15. Essay Contest.

Get High on Music Not Drugs, an anti-drug program started by two musical performers, is holding the 1999 Say No Way to Drugs Essay Contest for students ages 8-17. Contestants must submit an essay of at least 500 words about why they choose not to use drugs and alcohol. There will be three prize winners and several honorable mentions. The first-place winner receives $500, second-place $300, and third-place $200. Entries must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Contact: Princessland Academy of Music, 88 Petersburg Rd., Petersburg, NJ 08270;

*June 15. Rural Schools.

Students of rural schools are invited to participate in the National Rural Education Association Foundation Essay Contest. Students write about ways that rural schools and communities can work together creatively to improve education. Essays from students in grades 3-5 are limited to 250 words; middle school and high school entries must be no more than 500 words. The winning elementary grade student receives $250; the top middle school and high school entries win $500 each. The association will accept a maximum of five entries per school. Contact: Dr. Joe Newlin, Executive Director, National Rural Education Association Headquarters, Room 246, Education Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1588; (970) 491-7022; e-mail [email protected].

June 20. Publishing.

The 1999 Skipping Stones Youth Honor Awards recognize students ages 7-17 for their contributions to multicultural awareness, peace and nonviolence, social responsibility, and nature and ecology. Ten articles, poems, and photos that illustrate these themes will be selected for publication in Skipping Stones magazine. Entry fee: $3. Contact: Youth Honor Awards, Skipping Stones Magazine, P.O. Box 3939, Eugene, OR 97403-0939; (541) 342-4956.

*June 30. Poetry.

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation invites students to write poetry for the 1999 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest. Contestants submit up to three typed, original poems that "explore and illuminate some aspect of peace and the human spirit." First-place prizes of $250 are awarded in two categories: ages 12 and under, and ages 13-18. Entries must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Contact: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Suite 121, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794;

*July 1. Literary Magazines.

The National Council of Teachers of English invites entries for its NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Literary magazines published between September 1998 and July 1999 by senior high, junior high, and middle school students will be judged in state competitions. Magazines will earn rankings of "superior," "excellent," and "above average" based on content quality, writing, editing, proofreading, design and art, cover, pagination, and production. Entry fee: $25. Contact: Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines, National Council of Teachers in English, 1111 W. Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801-1096.

--Kate Sullivan

Vol. 10, Issue 8, Page 76

Published in Print: May 1, 1999, as For Your Students
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