YouthVoicesHB

The Youth Voices HB Essay & Art Contest is a city-wide search for the top human relations essays and artwork created by high school students in Huntington Beach and in the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

The contest aims to engage high school-aged young people in meaningful expression concerning issues of diversity and tolerance in Huntington Beach.

A certificate, letter of recognition, and prize(s) will be awarded to winner(s).  Notable entries, as selected by student editors, will be posted in a special digital edition of the HBHS school magazine, Slick, and may be posted in other online and/or printed publications.

Opportunities for public display of winning and notable entries may be provided, as well, including display of notable artwork submissions at “The Courage to Remember” Holocaust exhibition, produced by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. The exhibit features 200 exclusive photographs. The public display of “The Courage to Remember” exhibition will be held at Huntington Beach High School (HBHS) on April 27, 2019. Contest themes and prompts are summarized below. For detailed prompts and requirements, please download and thoroughly review a PDF of the Essay Contest Entry Form and/or a PDF of the Art Contest Entry Form.

Essay Contest:

  • PERSONAL NARRATIVE: Growing Past Intolerance

In a thoughtful and well-written narrative essay of no more than 400 words, relate an experience with intolerance, one you have experienced or one you have observed, and the courage or growth with which the intolerance was met.

  • OPINION: Hate Speech and Free Speech

In a thoughtful, well-researched and well-written essay or opinion piece (op-ed) of less than 750 words, discuss an issue raised by the balance between First Amendment Rights and hate speech, taking a position on a specific issue.

Art Contest:

  • ART: Exploring Tolerance and Diversity

Create an original piece of artwork that explores an issue of tolerance and diversity in the life of a Huntington Beach area high school student. The finished piece should convey a clear message about responding to intolerance and the strength that is needed to do so.

Guidelines:

Note: Parent/guardian permission/signature is required for contest entry.

ESSAY CONTEST GUIDELINES:

  • The Personal Narrative Essay is to be 400 words or less and the Opinion Essay is to be 750 words or less.  Essays are to be 12-pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins all around. Preferred formats include Google Docs and MS Word.
  •  Please print your essay on a separate sheet of paper or save as a separate document and include with/attach to the entry form. DO NOT write or include your name, school or identifying information in/on your essay. Entry form and your essay must be submitted to [email protected] or via mail or in person to Huntington Beach High School, 1905 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 ATTN: Beth Lammers and received by Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 5:00PM.
  • ***Please include your INDIVIDUAL ID in the header of your essay. See entry form for details. NO OTHER IDENTIFYING MARKS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE HEADER OF YOUR PAPER OR ELSEWHERE IN THE PAPER.
  • Winners of the contest will be notified before April 23, 2019.

ART CONTEST GUIDELINES:

  • Artwork must be two-dimensional (see Entry Form for accepted mediums).
  • Each submission must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws.
  • DO NOT write or include your name, school or identifying information in/on your artwork or submission package.
  • ***Your INDIVIDUAL ID should be included in all parts of your submission. See entry form for details.
  • Your completed and signed Entry Form and submission package (including Artwork, Artist Statement, and signed/completed Entry Form, etc.) must be received by Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 5:00PM. Online submissions can be made by emailing [email protected].  Mailed or in-person submissions should be sent via mail or delivered in person to Huntington Beach High School, 1905 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 ATTN: Beth Lammers.
  • Winners of the contest will be notified before April 23, 2019.

Submission Deadline:

Your completed and signed Entry Form and submission package must be received by Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 5:00PM. Online submissions can be made by emailing [email protected].  Mailed or in-person submissions should be sent via mail or delivered in person to Huntington Beach High School, 1905 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 ATTN: Beth Lammers.

For More Information:

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