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The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation "Inspired in Hawaii" Essay, Poster & Video Contest

The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation "Inspired in Hawaii" Contest encourages Hawaii's students to "dream big and make Hawaii a better place."

Over $10,000 in cash awards and other prizes will be awarded. The contest is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who are current residents of the state of Hawaii.

Contest Objective: Each entry must identify an existing problem in Hawaii and offer a thoughtful solution to the problem. Students must also include a supporting statement which demonstrates a clear connection between their project and the life of Clarence T. C. Ching.

Prizes will be awarded in each of the three divisions: Poster, Essay and Video.

Poster Division: Grades K-12
Essay Division: Grades 6-12
Video Division: Grades 9-12 (for video, individual or team entries accepted)

All entries must be received no later than 4:00pm on Friday, November 11, 2011.
Entries may be mailed or delivered to:
The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation,
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 770, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813.

The Foundation is not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Any entry received which fails to meet the standards specified by the Official Contest Rules will be ineligible for consideration. Students may enter ONE division; entering multiple divisions (either individually or as part of a team in more than one division) will disqualify the student(s) from consideration in all divisions.

 

Judging and Prizes:

POSTER DIVISION
(Open to Grades K-12, individual entries only)

Judging Criteria (as appropriate for each grade level):

  • Content (25 percent of score): Is the message clear? Does the poster clearly depict a problem? Does the poster clearly offer a solution to the problem?
  • Creativity (25 percent of score): Does the poster demonstrate creativity and originality in depicting the problem and in offering a solution?
  • Theme: (25 percent of score) Does the poster or accompanying written statement clearly explain how the solution offered is inspired by or similar to the example set by Clarence T.C. Ching?
  • Craftsmanship (25 percent of score): Does the poster have strong visual impact? Does the poster show elements of good design?

Poster Awards - Grades K-12
First Place ($200), Second Place ($75) and Third Place ($25) winners will be awarded for each grade level in the Poster Division. Each first place winner is eligible for the Judges' Grand Prize ($200) or Judges' Choice ($100). One Judges' Grand Prize and one Judges' Choice will be awarded to each grade level first place winner in the following age groupings: K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12.

ESSAY DIVISION
(Open to Grades 6-12, individual entries only)

Judging Criteria (as appropriate for each grade level):

  • Content (25 percent of score): Is the message clear? Does the essay clearly describe or elaborate a problem? Does the essay clearly offer a solution to the problem?

  • Creativity (25 percent of score): Does the essay demonstrate creativity and originality in describing the problem and in offering a solution?

  • Theme: (25 percent of score) Does the essay clearly explain how the solution offered is inspired by or similar to the example set by Clarence T.C. Ching? 

  • Craftsmanship (25 percent of score): Is the essay reasonably free of grammatical and spelling errors? Does the essay reflect strong word choice and fluid sentence structure?

Essay Awards - Grades 6-12
First Place ($200), Second Place ($75) and Third Place ($25) winners will be awarded for each grade level in the Essay Division. Each First Place winner is eligible for the Judges' Grand Prize ($200) or Judges' Choice ($100). One Judges' Grand Prize and one Judges' Choice will be awarded to each grade level first place winner in the following age groups: 6-8 and 9-12.


VIDEO DIVISION
(Open to Grades 9-12, individual or team entries accepted; no more than 4 students per team)

Judging Criteria (as appropriate for each grade level):

  • Content (25 percent of score): Is the message clear? Does the video clearly describe or depict a problem? Does the video clearly offer a solution to the problem?
  • Effectiveness/Impact (25 percent of score): Is the video appealing? Does it make an impact on viewers?
  • Creativity (25 percent of score): Is the video the original work of students that has not previously been broadcast? Does it demonstrate creativity?
  • Videography (25 percent of score): Does the video contain high-quality images and sound? 

Four (4) winners in the Video Division will be selected. 

  • First Place: $1,000 team award, $1,000 school award
  • Second Place: $600 team award, $600 school award
  • Third Place: $300 team award, $300 school award
  • Fourth Place: $200 team award, $200 school award

*Prize awards listed represent the maximum value an individual or team may be awarded. Prizes will be divided evenly among team members to the best of the contest administrators' abilities; Cash awards will be distributed in their entirety; in the event of an unequal division, the remaining amount will be awarded to the entrants' school video program, or if the school has no video program, for its general purposes. If students on one team are from more than one school, the remaining amount shall be allocated as the judges deem reasonable.

To the greatest extent possible, all entries will be separated from identifying materials and judged anonymously.

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