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Kansas Rural Voices Youth Contest


Scholarship Value: $850
Awards Available: 2

The Rural Voices contest is sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), Beloit, Kansas. It was created to engage the youth of North Central Kansas in thoughtful reflection on rural Kansas and to promote a discussion among citizens based on their insights. More than $24,000 has been awarded to high school seniors from around the region since the contest began in 2006.

Contest Theme – "Rural Kansas…Tomorrow's Possibilities"

The NCRPC invites high school seniors in North Central Kansas to prepare an original essay or video based on this year's theme of "Rural Kansas…Tomorrow's Possibilities."

Awards

A) A one-time cash award of $850 will be made to the top two entries.

B) Winning entries will be published on the North Central Regional Planning Commission website.

C) Winners will be recognized with the John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award. The award is named in honor of Cyr who served for 22 years as NCRPC Executive Director.

How to Submit a Written Entry

A) Entry should be reflective of the contest theme. See the theme description and reflection questions above.

B) Entry must be at least 1,000 words and may be fiction or non-fiction. Entries that do not meet minimum length requirements will not be considered. Word counts will be checked.

C) Entry should be double spaced and 12-point font with one-inch margins.

D) Entry must be the student's original work

E) Team entries are not eligible in the written contest.

F) Only one entry per person (may enter as an individual OR as part of a team; not both).

G) Written entries should be saved as a pdf file and submitted electronically to ruralvoices@nckcn.com. The student's name should not appear on the entry, but should be used in the file name of the document. (For example, firstnamelastnameruralvoices.pdf).

H) Complete and submit contest registration form by the deadline (December 1, 2020). Once the form is downloaded, it is a fillable pdf. Please note that a signature is required on the registration form. You may either scan and email the completed form with signature or print and mail. See instructions on the form.

How to Submit a Video Entry

A) Entry should be reflective of the contest theme. See the theme description and reflection questions above.

B) Video must be at least three (3) minutes and must not exceed five (5) minutes in length.

C) Video entries may be completed by an individual OR a team of up to four individuals. All team members shall be seniors in high school. If selected as a top entry, the $850 cash award is for the total entry and not per person on a team. Teams will need to designate their payee(s) in the contest registration form.

D) Only one entry per person (may enter as an individual OR as part of a team; not both).

E) All work must be original of the student(s) entering, including any photos that may be incorporated into the video.

F) If music is used, no copyrighted music can be used without proof of written permission.

G) Use of good video technique is encouraged, including the use of a tripod if necessary.

H) Video entries should be uploaded to YouTube (www.youtube.com) with a link sent to ruralvoices@nckcn.com.

I) Complete and submit contest registration form by the deadline (December 1, 2020). Once the form is downloaded, it is a fillable pdf. Please note that a signature is required on the registration form. You may either scan and email the completed form with signature or print and mail. See instructions on the form.


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