The Dr. Thomas Walker Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, in conjunction with Knox County Schools’ Community Education, is pleased to announce this year’s Junior American Citizens (JAC) contest.
The contest consists of various creative expression type categories centered on one theme. This year’s JAC theme is “Preserving America’s Past”. All children in pre-school through grade 12 are encouraged to participate; however, pre-school and kindergarten students may participate only in the banner and group community service project categories.
Contest entries must be received at the Knox County Board of Education Annex building by 4pm on Thursday, January 27. Official entry forms and additional information is being distributed to schools this week and additional forms may be obtained at Board Annex.
Entries will be judged at the local level with winners advancing to state, regional, and national competition.
The JAC contest consists of the following categories:
Poster: Individual entry. Design a poster using the theme. Original art work only, not from other sources. Minimum size: 8-1/2″ x 11″ Maximum size 22″ x 28″. Poster may be laminated or placed in a protective sleeve. Posters may be folded or rolled for mailing; no rigid materials, please.
Stamp Design: Individual entry. Design a postal stamp using the theme. Original art work only. Exact size: 5″ x 7″ drawn in the center of an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of white paper. The paper should be white because the vast majority of envelopes are white, thus the stamp design is viewed in the way it would actually be used. Designs may be laminated or placed in a protective sleeve, but not in folders.
Photo Essay: Individual entry. The student will submit not more than 25 color photographs illustrating the theme. These photos must be the original photos taken by the child. The photos should be mounted with glue on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper and bound in a three-brad composition folder. Brief captions may appear on each page. Include a title page. Remember, this is an ART contest, your pictures should tell the story.
Banner: Groups of three (3) or more only, Pre-K through Grade 12. Design an original banner using the theme. Size: Use a 1:3 ratio, to a maximum size of 16″ x 48″. Banners may be paper or fabric, and may be rolled or folded for mailing; no rigid materials, please. If the banner has support rods, do not submit them. Objects attached to banners should be glued or sewn on securely. For the safety of the judges, do not use straight or safety pins.
CREATIVE EXPRESSION CONTEST
Poem: Individual entry. Write an original poem, any style, of 300 words or less. Entries should be on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, either ruled or plain. Poems may be placed in a plastic sleeve for protection.
Short Story: Individual entry. Write an original short story of 500 words or less. The story may be written from the first person or third person point of view. Entries should be on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, either ruled or plain. Short stories may be placed in a plastic sleeve for protection.
COMMUNITY SERVICE CONTEST
Community Service: Group or individual entry, Pre-K through Grade 12. Entries should consist of not more than 15 color photographs with a descriptive text of 500 words or less. Identify all photographs with captions. Entries should be placed in a threebrad composition folder.
For more information about the Junior American Citizens contest please contact JAC contest chair Mary Alice Lay at (606)546-1284 or Blaine Washam, Community Education director at (606)545-0438.