Frequently Asked Questions

What are the contest themes?

The themes for this year’s contest will include:

  • healthy eating
  • physical fitness
  • health disparities
  • urban health issues
  • anti-violence
  • oral health
  • public health
  • heart diseases
  • lung diseases
  • blood diseases
  • kidney diseases
  • other diseases

 

What are the contest categories?

The contest categories are visual, written and performing arts.

 

Who is eligible?

6th, 7th and 8th grade students who live in Boston or Cambridge, or attend Boston or Cambridge schools, organizations, after school programs, community programs, or religious institutions.

 

What do contestants receive?

There are prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!

All contestants will receive recognition and be invited to attend the Tuesday, June 4, 2014 Reflection in Action: building healthy communities™ celebration at HarvardMedicalSchool.

 

 How do I enter the contest?

Complete and mail or hand-deliver the Contest Entry Form along with your entry.

 A completed Contest Entry Form must accompany your work and be signed by both you and your parent/guardian.

 

When is my entry due?

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, March 14 2014.

All performing art entries will be videotaped at various locations from March 12 through March 29, 2014.

 

Where do I submit my entry?

Reflection in Action: building healthy communities™

HarvardMedicalSchool

Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership

164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor

Boston, MA02115

 

What are the conditions for submission of a contest entry?

Contest entries will not be considered unless submitted with a completed Contest Entry Form signed by both you and your parent/guardian.

•  All entries must be original work done by the student(s) and adhere to the guidelines.

•  Any entries that contain inappropriate or profane language will not be accepted.

•  Printed works that are not legible will not be considered.

 

How many works can I submit?

One entry per student or group of students may be submitted. Each entrant must complete and return an individual entry form (with student and parent/guardian signature).

 

What information should be included on my entry?

All projects must be clearly labeled with the student’s:

•  Name

•  Address

•  Phone number

•  E-mail address

•  Grade

•  Program/organization/school affiliation

•  Title of work

•  Category of entry: Visual, Written or Performing Arts

 

Visual art entries may also include an optional written description.

 

Who will judge the contest entries?

The judging will be conducted by a select committee of “celebrity” judges.

 

When will I know if I’ve won?

Contest winners will be notified by May 9, 2014.  The works of the winners will be displayed at HarvardMedicalSchool during the Reflection in Action: building healthy  communities™ celebration on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

 

Contest Category Guidelines

THEMES:

healthy eating, physical fitness, health disparities, urban health issues, anti-violence, oral health, public health, heart, lung, blood, kidney and other diseases

CONTEST SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 14, 2014

 

Visual Arts

(Painting, Drawing, Animation, Collage, Sketch, Photography, Sculpture, etc.)

  • Judged on expression of contest theme, creativity, originality, neatness, and overall artistic quality and effort.
  • Work must be smaller than 4ft x 4ft.
  • You may submit an options written description of your artwork.

 

Performing Arts

(Song, Rap, Spoken Word, Skit, Play, Monologue, Short Film, PSA, Dance, Step, etc.)

  • Your script and a completed and signed contest entry form must be received by March 14, 2014. Once entries are received, you will be contacted to schedule a videotaping of your performance.
  • Entries will be videotaped at designated locations by HMS between March 12 through March 29, 2014.

 

Spoken Word

  • Spoken pieces must be under 3 minutes.
  • Words must be typed (12 pt. font, double spaced) or neatly printed in blue or black ink on 8.5×11” sheet(s) of paper.

 

Dance/Stepping

  • Judged on expression of contest theme, choreography, creativity, originality and overall performance.
  • May include up to 6 people.
  • Dance or Step routine must be less than 5 minutes long.
  • Students must supply their own CD to use during performance.

 

Skit / Play / Monologue / Short Film / PSA

  • Judged on expression of contest theme, diction, creativity, originality, and overall performance.
  • May include up to 6 people.
  • Skits/Plays/Monologues must be under 5 minutes.
  • Skit may be memorized or read.
  • Students may use props they supply themselves.
  • Script must be typed (12pt. font, double spaced) or neatly printed in blue or black ink on 8.5×11” sheet(s) of paper.

 

Song/Rap

  • Judged on the expression of contest theme, diction, creativity, originality, and overall performance.
  • May include up to 6 people.
  • Song/Rap must be less than 5 minutes long.
  • Students must supply their own CD to use during performance.
  • Lyrics must be included with tape, and must be typed (12pt. font, double spaced) or neatly printed in blue or black ink on 8.5×11” sheet(s) of paper.

 

 Written Arts

(Essay, Short Story or Poetry)

  • Written work must be typed (12pt. font, double spaced: or neatly printed in blue or black ink on 8.5×11 paper.
  • All written work is judged on expression of contest theme, creativity, originality, neatness, and overall best written work.

 

Essay

  • Length must be less than 500 words.
  • Essay must include: title, introduction, body and conclusion.

 

Short Story

  • Length must be less than 750 words.
  • Short Story must include: title, introduction, body and conclusion.

 

Poetry

  • Length must be less than 250 words.