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Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest

Empowers 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece.


MEET THE 2017 SPECIES ON THE EDGE ART & ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

 

2017 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest winners were honored at a ceremony at New Jersey Education Association Headquarters in Trenton on June 1, 2017.

View the winning entries in CWF's 2017 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest as well as which schools from New Jersey participated by using our interactive Story Map.

 

Past Winners of the Species on the Edge Contest

This STEAM-based contest enables 5th grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and original art piece. Check out the past winners of this contest since the beginning.

Species On The Edge - Testimonials

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Species on the Edge Circle of Winners Club

Open to all past and current winners of the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest, the Circle of Winners Club will offer unique access to upcoming wildlife events, academic and professional networking, merchandise discounts, and up-close and personal wildlife experiences.

SPECIES ON THE EDGE ART & ESSAY DESCRIPTION

 

Students select one of more than eighty endangered New Jersey species and write a well-researched essay creatively advocating for that animal. Students can complete their essay and accompanying art piece as part of a week-long Common Core and NextGen Science standards aligned unit or with a quick one day introduction. All educator materials, including handouts, PowerPoints, and detailed lesson plans, are included within the contest kit. Because students become champions for New Jersey animals by learning where they live, what they look like, and what threatens their futures, a diverse range of learners are able to engage in a real-world research project where writing and art take on significance beyond the walls of the classroom.



RESOURCES

 

List of Endangered and Threatened Species in New Jersey

Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resource Kit - 6.6MB
Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest Teacher Resource Kit. Includes comprehensive unit and lesson plans which include pre-writing graphic organizers, Powerpoint presentations, grading rubrics, & other resources to help implement the contest into your daily lesson plans.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

Stephanie DAlessio, CWF Director of Education: Email
609.984.0621


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Preserve Our Past Contest

      

Preserve Our Past Art & Essay Invitational

Since 1991, The annual Preserve Our Past Art and Essay Invitational celebrates National Historic Preservation Week and Arkansas Heritage Month. The contest teaches students about local and state history, and fosters an interest in preserving historic places. For 2018, winning entries will be exhibited at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock during May. The contest is open to all Arkansas 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Submissions must relate to a historic Arkansas property that is 50 years old or older. Contest opens January 1, 2018, and submission deadline is April 1, 2018.

 

                

Essays

Should be original, and no longer than 500 words. Each essay should focus on a historic site somewhere in the state of Arkansas. Essays do not have to be a typical 5-paragraph enumeration or straight history of a property. Creativity and imagination is encouraged. However, the contest does not accept pieces that are pure fiction, or refer to a fictional property. If students are using sources in their work, it is customary to include a bibliography listing them. Yes, spelling and grammar do count. Students may enter essays via hard copy or email. 

Entry form and instructions for submitting your essay posted below.  

Art Work

Art pieces should be original. They must also focus on a historic site somewhere in the state of Arkansas. Art has slightly stricter guidelines:               

Pieces should be no larger or smaller than 11 X 14 inches in size.

Pieces should be on paper, no stretched canvas.

Pieces should be done in pen and ink, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylic paint, pastels, or any other medium that works on paper. 

No oil paints, please.

Collage or other approaches are permitted, so long as all parts are created by the student, and the whole art piece can be framed.

It must be possible to frame your art piece in a standard 11 X 14 frame.

Art pieces CANNOT be entered online.

Entry form and instructions for submitting your artwork posted below.

General Guidelines

The contest has two age categories: 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade. 

Students may enter the essay or art contests individually, or they may enter both contests for their age category.

Students who are home schooled or who are in any alternative educational arrangement are welcome to enter, so long as they fit into one of the age categories. The 5th/6th grade category corresponds roughly to ages 10-12. The 7th/8th grade category roughly corresponds to ages 13-14. Age is not the corresponding factor for eligibility, but students should compete against others who are doing work at generally the same level.

All students must be residents of the state of Arkansas.

All hard-copy work must be postmarked by April 1, 2018 to be considered.

All digital submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2018 to be considered. 

Judging and Prizes

Entries are judged by a rotating board of AHPP staff members on creativity of execution, topic selection, accuracy, and general aesthetic factors. Prizes in each category include: All participating students will receive a certificate. First, second and third place winners receive a trophy and a certificate. Two honorable mentions in each category will receive a ribbon and a certificate. Winning artwork will also be framed and displayed at the Historic Arkansas Museum during the month of May, as well as published on the AHPP website.

Art and Essay Invitational, 2018 Form


Previous Winners    

2014 Winners

2015 Winners