2015 Awards:  Congratulations to all youth who submitted entries! They were all fantastic and inspired! Click on the trophy icon for the names and school districts of the winners. At the 2015 Walk, first, second, third and honorable mention winners were acknowledge in a formal ceremony, receiving a goodie bag and certificate. In the age categories, win, place and show also received gift cards. Winning submissions were posted in “The Gallery” at the Walk for all to see.

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Click here for a list of 2015 winners

Three Opportunities

Essays!  Art Posters!  Video PSAs!  Three opportunities to be creative and present your personal idea of How to be an UPstander.

The 2015 contest theme, How to be an UPstander… challenges elementary and middle school students in New Jersey to design their own concept of what it means to be an UPstander — and then interpret that idea into an original essay, poster/work of visual art or video PSA (public service announcement; video contest open only to middle schoolers).

Entry Form

Click here for Youth Competition entry form

An UPstander is defined as:  Someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. When an UPstander sees or hears about someone being bullied, they “stand up and speak out.” Being an UPstander is being a hero; being an UPstander takes courage.  As UPstanders, we are standing up for what is right and doing our best to help support and protect another person who is repeatedly being hurt, left out, made fun of, picked on or called a name. In many ways, UPstander is another word for being a socially responsible citizen. (Credit: Bully Busters)

There are three age groups:  2nd/3rd grade, 4th/5th grade and 6th-8th. Click on the youth competition instructions for more information, and the competition entry form to enter!

Essay

feuille mobile• The essay should reflect each student’s own thoughts and work on the theme, “How to be an UPstander…
• Essays must be typed on white paper (8.5” x 11”)
• Essays may be no longer than 2 pages using 11pt type or larger
• Each entry must include the following information on the back of each page:
– Student name, age, grade
– School name and address
– Name and email address of the teacher/adult who approved the essay

Poster

affiche_sStudents must design their own concept of how to be an UPstander — and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art
• The words: “How to be an UPstander…” must appear somewhere on the poster.
• Limit of one (1) entry per student
• Artwork may be submitted in any of the following media/formats:
Drawing               Painting               Mixed Media                Digital Art
• Poster size must be 11”x 17”
• Each entry must include the following information on the back of the poster:
– Student name, age, grade
– School name and address
– Name and email address of the teacher/adult who approved the artwork

Video PSA

streamingEntries may be done by an individual student or a team of no more than four (4) students in middle school.  OK for a class to complete together as a project.
• Students will create and record a 30-second video Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled “How to be an UPstander…
• PSAs must be no longer than 30-seconds in length
• PSAs must be submitted on a DVD
• Each entry must include the following information on the DVD sleeve:
– Student(s) name(s), age(s), grade(s) OR Class Name (teacher) — and attach the list of participating students in the class
– School name and address
– Name and email address of the teacher/adult who approved the script & production

 

Good luck to all our participants!