Education Competitions Update

All Memphis in May International Festival programs have been canceled by order of the City of Memphis and postponed due to precautions related to the COVID19 pandemic. This includes the Salute to Ghana and all education competitions. Memphis in May offices will remain closed until instructed by local authorities that it is safe to reopen.

All education programs will be postponed and/or continued to the 2020-2021 academic year. Any entries received before the shut-down will automatically be submitted for the new contest date.

Contest entry submissions will remain closed through summer 2020 and will re-open October 26, 2020. Information for each contest is outlined below.

Bringing Ghana to Memphis Classrooms in 2021!

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Education Competitions encourage creativity and learning about the honored country among Memphis-area students. Competitions are open to students within the Shelby County schools, private schools and home schools. Categories include PowerPoint & Multimedia, Creative Writing, Graphic Design and International Poster. 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.

Applications will be available soon!

Triumph Bank Best CLASSROOM COMPETITION

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Entry submission re-open October 26, 2020 and close May 14, 2021.

Teachers, you can win $1,000 just by incorporating the honored country of Ghana into your classroom. Involve the students in your classroom or grade level in classroom decorations and activities with a theme based on this exciting country. Fill your classroom (and your students’ minds) with images of Ghanaian art, animals, landscapes and culture. 

Multimedia/Powerpoint Competition

Entry submission re-open October 26, 2020 and close February 1, 2021.

Any entries received before the shut-down will automatically be submitted for the new contest date. One entry per student.

Grades 9 – 12

 This competition promotes design creativity and allows students to incorporate what they have learned about the Ghana 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 Multimedia/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. All entries must be submitted to the Memphis in May offices at 56 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

Georgia Pacific Cellulose Memphis Creative Writing Contest

Entry submission re-open October 26, 2020 and close February 1, 2021.

Any entries received before the shut-down will automatically be submitted for the new contest date. One entry per student. Entries will be submitted for consideration in the grade the student was enrolled when the entry was received.

Grades 4 - 12

The Georgia Pacific Cellulose Memphis 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 submitted to the Memphis in May International Festival offices at 56 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

International Paper Children's Poster Competition

Entry submission re-open October 26, 2020 and close February 1, 2021.

Any entries received before the shut-down will automatically be submitted for the new contest date. One entry per student. Entries will be submitted for consideration in the grade the student was enrolled when the entry was received.

Grades K-6

The International Paper Children’s Poster Competition promotes the creative artistry of students in grades K-6. Patterned after the Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster Program, the student’s work must depict some aspect of the honored country of Ghana through the medium of drawing and coloring. One student will become the Grand Prize winner and their work depicting Ghana, its beauty and its culture, will then be printed and sold by Memphis in May as the International Paper Children’s Poster. Since there will be a limited number of signed and numbered prints created, this lucky young artist’s poster has the potential of becoming a unique collector’s item. The Grand Prize winner will sign and number 100 of the prints. 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 submitted to the Memphis in May International Festival offices at 56 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

Graphic Design Competition

Entry submission re-open October 26, 2020 and close February 1, 2021.

Any entries received before the shut-down will automatically be submitted for the new contest date. One entry per student. Entries will be submitted for consideration in the grade the student was enrolled when the entry was received.

Grades 7-12

This competition promotes the creative artistry of students in grades 7 –12.  Patterned after Memphis in May’s Fine Arts Poster Program, the student’s work must depict some aspect of the honored country through the medium of graphic design. First, second and third prize winners will be recognized in various grade divisions. All artwork must be designed and executed by the student. Entries must be submitted to the Memphis in May International Festival offices at 56 S. Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

The CN World Cargo Crate Photo Contest

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Entry submission re-open October 26, 2020 and close February 1, 2021.

Any entries received before the shut-down will automatically be submitted for the new contest date.

The CN 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 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.

International Teacher Competition

Entry submission re-open October 26, 2020 and close May 14, 2021.

Teacher Competition / Grades K-12

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.

Questions About Our Education Competitions?

For questions or information about any of our International Education Competitions, please email education [at] memphisinmay [dot] org.

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