The Rotary Club of Cleveland

    4-Way Test Speech Contest

    We look forward to meeting our 2015 participants.


    Prizes at the District level will be:  

    1st place:  $750.00

    2nd place: $650.00

    3rd place:  $550.00

    4th and 5th place:  $200.00 each


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    deadlines and details to submitting your SPEECH! 
    John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest



    The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate. 


    • The contest closes on January 1st
    • Essay submissions for the contest will be accepted starting September 1st. 
    • Essays can be no more than 1,000 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
    • Essays must be the original work of the student.
    • John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.
    • Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage.  The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Information and Topic Guidelines and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.
    • Essays about previous Profile in Courage recipients will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given.  
    • Essays must have a minimum of five sources, including one non-internet source.

    Source Material

    • Essays with fewer than five listed sources will be disqualified.
    • All participants must cite sources they used to research their topic throughout their essay. Please use parenthetical citations within the text. We can not accept citations in footnote form.
    • Essays must include a bibliography. Accepted formats include APA, MLA, or Turabian. You must use a minimum of five selected sources. Please refer to Guidelines for Citations and Bibliographies.
    • Essays must include one non-internet source. 

    Essay Submission

    • Students have the choice of either submitting their essay online (preferred) or of mailing their essay. All students must complete and submit a registration form online for student and school information. For instructions on how to submit your essay, see Registration and Submission.
    • Mailed in essays must be postmarked by January 1st

    Nominating Teachers

    • All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers are also asked to read students' essays to make suggestions for improvement before they are submitted to the essay contest. As part of this review process, the nominating teacher reviews the essay for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensures the essay meets the contest requirements listed above. The first place winner and his/her nominating teacher, as representatives of their school, will be invited to receive awards at the annual Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
    • Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. In very few cases, we will make an exception if a student is unable to ask a teacher from their high school to be their nominating teacher. The parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.


    Senate Page Program in Wahington D.C.

    Senator Sherrod Brown’s office will be sponsoring a female Page for the Spring Session. This is a paid opportunity to work and study in Washington, DC. Interested students should apply online athttp://www.brown.senate.gov/services/students/pages
    During the academic year, a select group of students have the privilege of attending classes in the Senate Page School and working on the Senate floor. Pages have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and see their government in action. Responsibilities range from delivering correspondence to Senators to helping prepare the floor for the legislative workday. 
    To be considered for a nomination to the Senate Page Program during the Fall Session, students must be juniors in high school and must be 16 or 17 years old on or before the date of appointment. In addition, students must meet the following qualifications:

    • Pages must have at least a 3.0 grade point average.
    • Pages must be Juniors in High School
    • Pages must be United States citizens or subject to agreements of the Department of State.
    • Pages must have a Social Security number.
    • Pages must provide a certificate of immunization and general health assessment by a licensed physician.
    • Additionally, pages must be covered by health insurance. If they are not covered, the Senate requires them to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

    For any questions, please call Senator Brown’s Page Coordinator in the Columbus office at 888-896-6446 or 614-469-2083. Please also call the Page Coordinator after you submit your application.

    Thanks so much,

    Joseph Wieder
    Constituent Services Liaison
    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
    200 North High Street, Room 614
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Toll-free: (888)896-6446 and press option 2 for the Columbus Office 

    These opportunities are for current 10th & 11th graders (must be 16 years old by June 1st).


    Free classes in Music Production, Photography, Ceramics and Digital Art.

    Apply Online at www.newbridgecleveland.org

    New Bridge will generously provide a bus ticket and Afterschool Meal!

    NewBridge’s mission is to provide career training for adults and after-school arts programs for urban high school students. Adults are trained to become Pharmacy Technicians, Phlebotomists. After-school arts programming for teens will be offered in Ceramics, Digital Arts (Adobe Photoshop), Digital Photography, Multi-Media Entertainment Arts (sound & video production)

    Where is NewBridge?

    NewBridge is located at at 3634 Euclid Avenue, along RTA’s Health Line at E. 36th Street.

    What does it cost to participate in a NewBridge Program?

    All programs at NewBridge are free and offered at no cost to participants. 


     Stop the Hate Youth Speak OUT!!! Contest Essay Competition ~ $100,000 in Scholarships and Prizes

    The Maltz Museum’s mission is to build bridges of appreciation, tolerance and understanding of persons of all religions, races, cultures and ethnic backgrounds.  For information on entries and how to participate go to www.maltzmuseum.org/stop-the-hate/contest .   Online entry is preferred.  

    To enter electronically:

    • Electronic entry is strongly preferred.
    • Click the “Enter Here” button at maltzmuseum.org/stop-the-hate to prepare your official entry form and

    upload your finished essay

    Entry Deadlines:

    ·      1/25  for students in grades 6-10

    ·      2/20, for students in grades 11-12


    The Ohio Civil Rights Commission presents the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing & Multimedia Contest

    All Ohio students in grades 6-12 are invited to enter this contest and may submit 1 entry per student.  Students may choose which type of entry they wish to submit.  All entries must be accompanied by a clearly written official entry form completed in its entirety and postmarked by December 1st.

    Call 1-888-278-7101 or 614-644-0244 with questions. Contest rules and entry forms available online atwww.crc.ohio.gov.



    Alpha Beautillion

    An exceptional 16 week leadership experience designed for educational/personal development program for young men in grades 11-12.  The purpose of this organization is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. For more information contact Brother Elder Larry McCrimager, Chair at eldlemcc@aol.com of Brother Renard Terrell, Asst. Chair at renardterrell@aol.com,  or visit the web-site at http://www.dal1947.org/index.html.


    High School Career Day at the Cleveland Metropark’s  Zoo

    This new and exciting opportunity allows students to meet and hear from staff who work in various divisions of the Zoo including Animal Care, Education, Veterinary Care and others. Together, we will take a closer look at these careers and get a behind the scenes view of the real work that is being done. For more information, please call 216-635-3391 or register at clemetzoo.com.


    Youth Fund Distribution Committee

    Description: Youth Fund Distribution Committee

    General Information
    Each year, United Way brings together high school students and organizations from across Greater Cleveland who want to make a difference in their community. The John K. Mott Youth Fund Distribution Committee (YFDC) gives high school juniors and seniors a unique opportunity to make their community a better place for youth through making grants to select projects. 

    The goals of the YFDC are to:

    ·       Educate the youth members about community problem-solving through the United Way grant  allocation process;

    ·       Provide a challenging opportunity and instill a spirit of volunteerism in our future adult leaders;

    ·       Empower youth through a meaningful decision-making process;

    ·       Demonstrate to the community youths’ ability to responsibly distribute funds;

    We are now recruiting students to become YFDC members 
    United Way is 
    now accepting applications from junior and senior high school students throughout Cuyahoga County to participate in YFDC. The program begins Wednesday, October 19, and will run throughout the school year. 


    ·       Must be a junior or senior at a high school in Cuyahoga County (public, private, parochial, or charter school)

    ·       Must show both parental/guardian permission, AND

    ·       Must show permission from school/guidance counselor to miss 7 afternoons during the school day through the school year.

    ·       Must commit to attending all sessions (may miss up to 2 sessions with an excused absence) 

    ·       Must commit to participating actively in discussions and in the process

    Download an application at unitedwaycleveland.org , click on "get involved" and then "Youth Fund Distribution Committee". 

    Application deadline:  September 1st



     Look Up To Cleveland 

    ~Interested students should email Mrs. Rito at nina.rito@clevelandmetroschools.orgfor the available link providing the application~

    This program is a high school leadership development and diversity awareness program for Greater Cleveland’s outstanding high school leaders. Participants in their junior year are selected from a pool of applicants representing public, private, charter and parochial schools within Cuyahoga County. 

     Look Up To Cleveland was founded in 1986 by the League of Women Voters of the Cleveland Educational Fund and alumni of Leadership Cleveland. In 2006 it became part of the Cleveland Leadership Center.

    The goal of Look Up To Cleveland is to develop and enhance student leadership skills while fostering an appreciation for the Northeast Ohio community in which they live. The program helps prepare students for responsible citizenship. Participants benefit from team projects and unique opportunities to hear and converse with high-level business, government and community leaders throughout the year.

    Active in school and/or community organizations 

    Self-reliant, functions independently 

    Committed to attending program dates and designated school absences 

    Parental consent and support for school absences and time commitment            

    Full support of school for school absences and time commitment



    o     Junior in good standing at a high school within Cuyahoga County

    o    Demonstrates leadership ability and a strong interest in participating in LUTC                    

    o     Academically sound                                 

    o     Active in school and/or community organizations

    o     Committed to attending program dates and designated school absences

    o     Parental consent and support for school absences  and time commitment           

    o     Full support of school for school absences and time commitment

    o     Self-reliant, functions independently



    1.       Be a junior in good standing 

    2.       Obtain parental consent and support for school  absences and time commitment

    3.       Obtain full support of school official for absences and time commitment

    4.       Complete on-line application (email Mrs. Rito for the available link)

    5.       Obtain two letters of recommendation from adults who are not family members

    6.       Commit to attending LUTC program dates and comply with attendance policy