District competitions 

From time-to-time, CPS sponsors district-wide events designed to engage the minds of young adults, while also giving them opportunities to earn scholarship money for college as well as prizes.  See our list of current competitions below.

Black History Month essay contest

All CPS high school students are invited to participate in this year's Black History Month Essay Competition.

Essay topic

This year's essay topic centers on the words of George Washington Carver, African-American scientist, who said:

 

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all these."

 

What events in Carver's life could have made him say this?

Describe a situation in your own life that relates to these words and how you think it will influence your future behavior.

 

Rules, competition entry form

Rules for the competition and an entry form are available at each high school or may be downloaded below:

 

Students:
Rules for the competition and entry forms are available at each high school or may be downloaded here . Students must submit their essays to the school essay competition coordinator by Feb. 21, 2012. Essays will be judged on originality and creativity; cultural knowledge and research; organizational structure and clarity; as well as spelling and grammar.

 

Schools:
Instructions for the competition may be downloaded here . Please read and follow them carefully to ensure that your school´s essays are entered in the competition.

 

Prizes

Students are eligible to win an array of prizes: 

  • Grand prize: The four students with the best essays in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade categories will each receive a laptop computer and printer, as well as a $5,000 Roosevelt University scholarship.
  • Second place prize: The four students with the second best essays in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade categories will each receive a digital camera and photo printer.

 

The competition winners, their families and their school principals and teachers will be invited to an awards banquet at which all winners will be recognized and receive their prizes.

 

For questions, talk to the school competition coordinator at your school or contact Babette Klein at 773-553-2859 or bsklein@cps.k12.il.us.

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