Bringing the World to Memphis Classrooms

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

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! Click here to enter.

Powerpoint Presentation Competition

Grades 9 – 12

This competition promotes design creativity and allows students to incorporate what they have learned about the Czech Republic through overall presentation, graphic design, and written word. Students have a chance to create unique presentations illustrating the honored country’s history, geography, people, language, food, art, music and dance. This competition is a wonderful tool to get students acquainted with PowerPoint, an important program in the business world. As an additional activity, teachers may also opt to have students present in front of the class, giving them valuable practice in communication skills, all while exposing them to international history and culture. This competition is open to all high school students attending public, private, or home school within the Shelby County area.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded. Entries must be received by Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. All entries must be submitted to the Memphis in May offices at 56 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103.

Download entry form here.

Creative Writing Competition

Grades 4 - 12

The Memphis in May Creative Writing Contest promotes literary creativity and allows students to incorporate what they have learned about the Memphis in May honored country through the written word. Creative Writing Contest entries can include any type of literary work, fiction or non- fiction, including but not limited to poems, essays, short stories, plays, narratives, scripts and biographies. First, second and third place winners will be chosen in three grade categories (Upper Elementary - 4th & 5th grades, Middle - 6th - 8th grades, High - 9th 12th grades). The competition is open to students attending any public, private or home school within the Shelby County area.

Each entry must be submitted with a completed Creative Writing Contest entry form (typed or printed only). Entries must be received by Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Entries must be submitted to the Memphis in May International Festival offices at 56 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103.

Download entry form here.

International Paper Children's Poster

K-6 Grade Students

The 2018 International Paper Children’s Poster Competition promotes the creative artistry of students in grades K-6. Patterned after the Memphis in May Fine Art Poster Program, the student’s work must depict some aspect of the honored country of the Czech Republic through the medium of drawing and coloring. One student will become the Grand Prize winner and their work depicting the Czech Republic, its beauty and its culture, will then be printed and sold by Memphis in May as the 2018 International Paper Children’s Poster. First, second and third prize winners will also be recognized in various grade divisions. All artwork must be designed and executed by the student.

Entries must be received by Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Entries must be submitted to the Memphis in May International Festival offices at 56 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103.

Download entry form here.

Bluecross Blueshield World Cargo Crate

 The World Cargo Crate Photo Contest encourages teachers to use their cameras to capture 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 a Memphis in May prize package for their classroom and the privilege of being the first to reserve the World Cargo Crate for the upcoming school year. 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. Up to 5 photos may be submitted per entry, along with the teacher’s name and title, school name, school address, school phone number, and teacher’s email address.

Entries must be received by Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Entries must be digital and may be submitted by email or on a CD to 56 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103. For more information, contact education [at] memphisinmay [dot] org with any questions.

Download entry form here.

Sedgwick CMS International Teacher Competition

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. Sign up for and participate in one or more of Memphis in May’s education programs and events, complying with all the guidelines for that program. Participate in as many of the programs and events as possible to increase the international appeal of your classroom. Entries will not be judged solely on the quantity of Memphis in May activities, but rather the main criteria will be the educational impact, creative use of curriculum, and quality of the learning and educational activities in the classroom. Entries must be received by Friday, May 11, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Download entry form here.

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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