Click on any of the contest logos below for more information or see the listing below for more local contests. Additional Contest Details and STUDY GUIDES can be found in the  CONTEST Google Classroom. 
Log on to GOOGLE CLASSROOM and use Class Code: dxq80li



C-SPAN's Student Cam: Annual National Middle School Student Video Documentary Competition that encourages students to think critically about the issues that affect our communities and our nation. Student prizes from 75 to 150 awards, totaling $100,000 in cash prizes. Students are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme.
Entries accepted November through January. More details at:

NJAGC Art & Writing Contest 
Based on a yearly Theme
Contest Deadline: END of DECEMBER
Contest form link

NJ Young Playwrights Contest and Festival.  
See website for details. 
Deadline for middle school entries is JANUARY.

NJ Teen Arts Festival 
Hosted at Raritan Valley Community College in May.  Outstanding student work in art, music, and writing will be selected by subject area teachers.
Registration deadline: END of FEBRUARY/EARLY MARCH 

Young Women's Conference:
Registration November-February

RoboRaiders: Annual Science Fair!
Open science fair for 5th - 12th grade students all over Central Jersey. This is part of Technology Innovation Week (TIW), an initiative created to promote interest in the STEM fields, even outside of school. The Science Fair shows the community that students ARE excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Online Registration form on their website.

The fair will be held in MARCH
 at Hillsborough High School.

Fourth Annual Student Writing Contest
Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ
Deadline – May

Mahatma Gandhi Art & Writing Contest 2016
New Jersey Middle & High School Students
Association of Indians in America, South Jersey Chapter, Hillsborough, NJ
Deadline – June 

Teen Media Contest: The New Jersey Department of Human Services (NJDHS) invites pre-teens and teens across the state to participate in its Annual Teen Media Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development, focusing on parental responsibility. The statewide contest is open to New Jersey middle school and high school students.  Contest theme is announced in January with submissions due in early April.  See more details on the contest website.

NY Times Found Poetry Contest

  •  A New York Times found poem uses words and phrases taken from one or more New York Times articles, past or present.
  • You can mix and combine these words and phrases into a new piece.
  • Each poem must be 14 or fewer lines
  • You may give it your own original title if you like.
  • You may use no more than two New York Times articles as source material.
  • The poem itself should use no more than two of your own words. The rest of the words and phrases can be mixed up any way you like, but should come from any Times article or articles, past or present. 
  • You might choose to write in a traditional poetic form, or not.
  • To enter officially, you must be 13 and post your poem @ NYTimes Learning Blog including only your first name, last initial by end of April
Try out WordMover or Black Out Poetry to build your Found Poem. 

Read other student found poems in the NY Times Found Poetry Student Contest blog.

Engineering Contests: Twenty-four engineering based contests for students

National History Day: What is the National History Day Contest, you ask? Each year more than half a million students just like you participate. You will choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. You will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After you have analyzed and interpreted your sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of your topic, you will then be able to present your work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site. 

Every year National History Day frames students' research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year's theme is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. The intentional selection of the theme for National History Day is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase student's historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time. 

New Jersey National History Day: Theme InfoSample Topics and Rules for participation, see website:

Deadline: Websites/Papers: February 1, Performances, Documentaries, Posters: March

November (Advanced Math Students: Pre-Algebra 6 and other math classes)

The AMC 8 examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes. High scoring students are invited to participate in the AMC 10.

December (Advanced Math Students: Algebra 7 and Geometry 8 ) 

December - January
December: Kickoff Assembly for the National Geographic Bee at BCMS.
January: All students invited to participate in GeoBee Preliminary Rounds. 
Top 10 school winners will be facing off January 2016 at 

National Geographic Bee

BCMS to determine our school winner. See National Geographic Bee Daily Quiz and sites below to learn more about geography.
Study sources for National Geographic Bee

BCMS Spelling Bee, Somerset County Spelling Spectacular and 
Scripps National Spelling Bee!

BCMS: January - February
All Students invited to participate in Spelling Bee Preliminary Rounds. The preliminary, grade level rounds will be in writing to determine the top 10 finalists. Final round will be held orally.  See rules and procedures as well as a list of practice words in the file section at the bottom of this page. Signup ONLINE or in LA CLASS.

 Somerset County Spell OFF: March
The top winner(s) will be invited to represent Branchburg Central Middle School in the Somerset County Spell-Off. The Spell-Off is scheduled to be held in the evening March 2016 at Somerset County Vo-Tech sponsored by the Somerset County Library in Bridgewater. The participants have been invited from Somerset County schools from grades 4 through 8. All participants will be competing in one Bee and the winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C..