Bringing Colombia to Memphis Classrooms in 2017
While each of Memphis in May’s educational competitions are judged on differing criteria, every Memphis in May competition encourages a show of creativity and demonstrated knowledge of the honored country. Competitions are geared to specific age groups and grade levels, with involvement opportunities available for all grades.
Competitions are open to all students attending public, private, or home school within Shelby County, Tennessee. Applications are made available on the Memphis in May website as well as via mass mailings to schools. Judging committees are comprised of local educators, writers, and artists who kindly volunteer their time to examine entries. Competition winners are awarded certificates and cash prizes at an awards ceremony in the spring.
MICROSOFT BEST CLASSROOM COMPETITION
All Grades and Subject Areas
Memphis in May would like to recognize the outstanding teachers that utilize our programs to integrate our curriculum into their classroom activities. Without the support of our teachers, students wouldn’t have the opportunity to study a different country every year. So, we want to honor you and thank you for supporting our programs. If you use any of our tools in your classroom, Memphis in May will induct you as an Official International Classroom and provide you with a certificate to hang in your classroom. The more programs you integrate into your classroom the better chance you have at winning the grand prize of $1000. This is our way of thanking you for supporting Memphis in May because we couldn’t do it without your help! Entry deadline is Friday, May 12th at 5:00 p.m.
Get started now. Register HERE.
Powerpoint Presentation Competition
6-12 Grade Students (Middle and High School Categories)
The PowerPoint Presentation Competition promotes design creativity and allows students to incorporate what they have learned about the honored country through overall presentation, graphic design, and written word. This competition is a wonderful tool to acquaint students with PowerPoint, an increasingly valuable program in the business world, all while exposing them to international culture. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen in two grade categories: 6-8 grade, and 9-12 grades.
The competition is open to students attending any public, private or home school within the Memphis metro area. Entry deadline is Friday, March 24th at 5:00 p.m.
Creative Writing Competition
4-12 Grade Students
The Creative Writing Competition promotes literary creativity and allows students to incorporate what they have learned about the honored country through the written word. Creative Writing Competition entries can include any type of literary, fictional or non-fictional work, including but not limited to poems, essays, short stories, plays, narratives, scripts and biographies.
The competition is open to students in grades 4-12 attending any public, private, or home school within the Memphis metro area. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen in three grade categories: Upper Elementary, 4th-5th grades; Junior, 6th-8th grades; Senior, 9th-12th grades. Entry deadline is Friday, March 24th at 5:00 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL PAPER CHILDREN'S POSTER COMPETITION
K-6 Grade Students
This competition promotes the creative artistry of students in grades K – 6. Patterned after Memphis in May’s Fine Art Poster Program, the student’s work must depict some aspect of the honored country through the medium of drawing and coloring. One student will become the Grand Prize winner, and his/her work will then be printed and sold by Memphis in May as the International Children’s Poster. The Grand Prize winner will sign and number 100 of the prints. Since there will be a limited number of signed and numbered prints, this lucky young artist’s poster has the potential of becoming a unique collector’s item. First, second, and third place winners will also be chosen in three grade categories:K - 2nd grades; 3rd - 4th grades; and 5th - 6th grades. Entry deadline is Friday, March 24th at 5:00 p.m.
BlueCross BlueShield World Cargo Crate Photo Contest
In 2009, Memphis in May added a new school competition – the World Cargo Crate Photo Contest. This competition encourages teachers to use their camera to capture very special moments in their classrooms. The photographic entries portray special “learning moments” between the students, their teachers, and the unique items from the honored country. As most of these items are foreign to the students, their reactions of interest, surprise, and curiosity are clearly visible in the photos. The winning teacher receives the privilege of being the first to reserve the World Cargo Crate for the upcoming school year, along with a Memphis in May prize package. The winning teachers and students also get to see their pictures displayed on the Memphis in May website as “the face” of the World Cargo Crate for the next year.
To Enter the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee World Cargo Crate Photo Contest
Each classroom may enter up to five photos of their students with the World Cargo Crate items. Each entry must also provide the following information: teacher’s name and title, school name, school phone number, school address, teacher’s evening phone number and email address (Teachers have the option of also submitting a title for each photo.). The contest is open to any public or private elementary, middle, or high school within Shelby County. All photos and accompanying information must be digital and either emailed to:
CKirby [at] memphisinmay [dot] org or mailed/brought on a CD to:
BCBS World Cargo Crate Photo Contest
56 S Front St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Entry deadline is 5:00pm on Friday, May 19, 2017.
One entry of a maximum five photos allowed per teacher/classroom.
Learn more about the World Cargo Crate and request one for your school here.
SEDGWICK INTERNATIONAL TEACHER COMPETITION
All Grades and Subject Areas
Now teachers have the chance to win alongside their students! Whether you always celebrate the honored country with Memphis in May, or whether you are considering incorporating Memphis in May into your classroom for the first time, this competition is for you! Memphis in May will recognize the teachers with the most outstanding “global classrooms,” teachers who utilize international programming to supplement their curriculum and introduce a foreign culture to their students.
Questions About Our Education Competitions?
For questions or information about any of our International Education Competitions, please email education [at] memphisinmay [dot] org.
Our Educational Program is proudly sponsored by TVA.
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