Contests are a great way to demonstrate and highlight your dedication to and talent in a particular area. Most college applications ask students to list honors and awards so winning an essay or art contest or challenge competition can be a great addition to your application.

You'll produce a podcast, three to 12 minutes long. You don't need a lot of fancy equipment or a studio — you should be able to do this with just a smartphone and a computer, with easily available software. Due March 31, 2019

NPR journalists will visit the winning podcasters before the end of the school year, where we'll present a trophy and interview teachers and students. Then those winning podcasts will be featured in segments on NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered later in the spring.

science championship - a global contest of scientific knowledge with an innovative digital format that compares millions of students across the universe! The science championship begins with the 2019 QUIZ, administered this winter to any and all students in 4th through 12th grade - it only takes FIVE MINUTES! There is no fee to sponsor students for the science championship quiz so we encourage you to quiz as many students as possible! sponsors can register, access sample content, and manage the quiz all on this website!

Submit a 300-400 word statement that describes and innovative approach or idea you have for addressing one of the UN sustainable Development goals. All submissions must be received by March 3, 2019. Grades 10-12. Visit:

For 10TH and 11TH Grade Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

  1. Write and essay incorporating the theme of advocacy and social justice. Whether you want to talk about your own experiences – or utilize the stories found within your school-issued reading list – how does one’s involvement in advocacy and/or social justice make the world a better place?

Jack London Foundation High School Fiction Writing Contest

The Jack London Foundation encourages high school students to explore the spirit of Jack London through reading and participation in the Writing Contest. Through our JLF Writing Contest, we hope to provide the motivation and stimulus that will enable students to develop their full potential as writers.

The writing contest is open to all students in grades 9 through 12. The essays, or stories can be on any subject. The number of entries are limited to 10 from each teacher. The entries are judged on content and form, with an emphasis on creativity.

Please stop by the College & Career Center for more information.

2019 Directing Change Program & Film Contest

2019 Directing Change film contest is now open for submission. The Culture to Culture Foundation is sponsoring the Through the Lens of Culturecategory of this state-wide contest for the fourth straight year. Submission deadline is March 1, 2019.

Similar to 2018, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected in each category (mental health, suicide prevention) by a judging panel. Prizes and other benefits remain unchanged, see 2018 announcement below.

Prizes in each category:

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250

Additional information about the contest can be found on Directing Change's Through the Lens of Culture category information page.

We the Students Essay Contest

Grades 8-12

Deadline: February 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm PT

Topic: What are the essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st century America?


Be-YOU-tiful Be Free Writing Contest

Grades 6-12

Deadline: March 3, 2019

Create a poem or write an essay about one of the following three topics: eating disorders and body image, depression, or stress and anxiety. In addition to having a chance of winning up to $300 in cash, winners will also have their work published on our website. Sponsored by the contest asks that your entry include your name, school, grade level, email, and phone number. Entries should be one page max, single spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt and emailed to