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NOTE! Please pay attention to how many teams or students from each school are allowed for each contest, and when you go to the registration form, please make sure you don’t add in more than your allotment.

On-Site Contest Information—2012

MIPA Awards and On-Site Contests Conference, April 17

READ CAREFULLY PLEASE: If you would like to enter your student(s) in the on-site competition, please follow these directions.

  • You DO NOT NEED to pre-register for these contests.
  • You DO NOT NEED to give students’ names.
  • Entry into the contest will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • When you register for the conference, you can register for the on-site contests on that online form.
  • Please note: The contests will be judged after the conference, and awards will be posted on the MIPA Web site by Thursday morning,  April 19.

Carry-In Photo Contest—SPORTS
Two (2) students per school/Cost:  $3.00 per student    Limit:  25 students
Registration Area—9:00 to 9:30
Submit one (1) photo that reflects student life typical in the student’s school.

  • Photos must be 8 x 10, black and white or color
  • Mount on 9 x 12 photo mounting board or similar material.
  • Attach form indicating name, school, school address and adviser’s name and signature (validating that the work is the student’s) to the back of the photo.
  • Indicate if the photo is to be returned.
  • Drop off photos at the Carry-In Photo table near the registration area by 9:30 a.m.
  • Winning pictures become the property of MIPA and may be published in the organization’s newsletter, STET, or online.
  • Note: The same student may submit all four photo entries, or you may have multiple students enter.
  • See last year’s winning photos.
  • The same student may submit two photos.
  • Attach this form.

Carry-In Photo Contest—STUDENT LIFE
Two (2) students per school/Cost:  $3.00 per student    Limit:  25 students
Registration Area—9:00 to 9:30
Submit one (1) photo that reflects student life typical in the student’s school.

  • Photos must be 8 x 10, black and white or color
  • Mount on 9 x 12 photo mounting board or similar material.
  • Attach form indicating name, school, school address and adviser’s name and signature (validating that the work is the student’s) to the back of the photo.
  • Indicate if the photo is to be returned.
  • Drop off photos at the Carry-In Photo table near the registration area by 9:30 a.m.
  • Winning pictures become the property of MIPA and may be published in the organization’s newsletter, STET, or online.
  • Note: The same student may submit all four photo entries, or you may have multiple students enter.
  • See last year’s winning photos.
  • The same student may submit two photos.
  • Attach this form.

Special Projects
Two entries per school/Cost:  $3.00 each    Limit: 25 students
Registration Area—9:00 to 9:30

  • Drop off the special project at the Special Projects table in the registration area during this time period.
  • The project can be either created by an individual or a staff. Can include stationery, brochures, fliers, posters, logos, buttons, info graphics, programs and special editions. Can be computer generated.
  • No videos please.
  • Place on mat or poster board (no size limit).
  • Two entries per school.
  • Attach form below indicating name, school, school address and adviser’s name and signature (validating that the work is the student’s) to the back of the project.
  • Winning projects become the property of MIPA.
  • Attach this form.

• Yearbook Copy/Caption Writing Contest
Two (2) students per school/Cost:  $3.00 each    Limit:  25 students
Room 104—9:00 to 10:30

  • This is an individual contest. Students from the same school DO NOT work together.
  • Contestants must report to the assigned room at 9:00 a.m.
  • Students will be given a photo layout for which they will write body copy, captions and a headline for one yearbook spread.
  • The word limit on the copy block is 200 words. Information for copy will be provided.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA.
  • This contest will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m.

• Yearbook Student Life Layout/Spread Contest
One team per school/two (2) students per team/Cost:  $6.00    Limit:  12 teams
Room 103—9:00 to 10:30

  • Contestants must report to the assigned room at 9:00 a.m.
  • The two students from each school work together.
  • Students will design one double-page layout for the student life section of a yearbook.
  • Copies of actual photos will be provide. Spread design will be based on photos provided.
  • Students will not write headlines, copy or captions, but will slug them and indicate point size on the headline.
  • Students should bring glue sticks, colored markers, pens, pencils and scissors.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA.
  • This contest will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m.

• Editorial Writing Contest
One team per school/two (2) students/Cost:  $6.00    Limit:  25 students
Room 102—9:00 to 10:45

  • Contestants (two per school) must report to the assigned room at 9:00 a.m.
  • In this contest, students will listen to a presentation from the same person that the feature writers and news writers will be listening to.
  • The two students will choose a side/opinion and the object is to write an editorial based on the information. They will also have time to ask questions.
  • The editorial will be judged on editorial writing style and format and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization. It should consist of an introduction, body and conclusion and a purpose (interpret, persuade, criticize, praise) should be evident. Students should include important, relevant facts and try to stimulate the readers to think their way to the opinion in your editorial.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete this contest.

• Feature Writing Contest
Two (2) students per school/Cost $3.00    Limit:  25 students
Room 101—9:00 to 10:45

  • Contestants must report to the assigned room at 9:00 a.m.
  • This is an individual contest. Students from the same school DO NOT work together.
  • Here they will write a story based on a speaker, who will also be speaking to the news and editorial writers.
  • The story will be judged on a lively and colorful lead; feature style as opposed to news style, including colorful details, quotes and possibly anecdotes; copy that appeals to the reader’s interest; emotional impact; and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete this contest.

• News Writing Contest
Two (2) students per school/Cost:  $3.00    Limit:  25 students
Room 101—9:00 to 10:45

  • Contestants must report to the assigned room at 9:00 a.m.
  • This is an individual contest. Students from the same school DO NOT work together.
  • Here they will write a story based on a speaker, the same speaker who will be presenting to the editorial and feature students. Students will get a chance to ask questions.
  • The story will be judged on news writing style; a strong lead; good quotes; pinpointing the main idea of the session and highlighting it; and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and editing pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete the story.

• Video Journalism Contests
PLEASE NOTE:  If you want to register for the contests, click here.

You do not have to leave the name of the students—just the name of the school and the contests you wish to enter. You will get an e-mail confirmation.

More information, including contest room assignments, will be available online at www.mipamsu.org. If you have any questions about the on-site contests,e-mail the MIPA office.

Students, you cannot enter the above contests unless your adviser pre-registers you.

After you are registered, have your adviser register for the conference and pay the contest and conference fees.

Please note: The contests will be judged after the conference, and awards will be posted on the MIPA Web site by Thursday morning,  April 19.

Winners will receive certificates sent to the school/adviser. Good luck to all who enter!

 

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