Contests and Summer Programs Opportunities

Carnegie Council's International Student/Teacher Essay Contest- Essay topic: In your opinion, what is the greatest ethical challenge or dilemma facing the planet? Essay Requirements: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers), length- 1,000-1,500 words, format- word document or email. English language entries only. How to enter: Competitions is open to teachers and students and collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome. Please email entries to Please include your full name, address, email, age, and affiliation. Essay contest deadline is Dec. 31, 2012.

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools- Applications are now available. These programs are run by the Commonwealth to provide opportunities for gifted high school students to explore professional and university environments through mentorships and academic enrichment. Information and applications can be found at for academic, mentorship programs and for the foreign language academies. Students interested in the foreign language academies should speak directly to their language teacher ASAP. Questions about the programs or application process can be addressed to Joy Davis at or 354-6800, ext. 3220.

Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience for female high school juniors from across the U.S., culminating in a one-week residential experience at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Offered at no cost to the student, WISH consists of eight online modules and a final project from Jan. 2013 through May 2013 under the guidance of certified educators. For more information or to apply to the program, please visit Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2013.

High School Diplomats is a ten-day cultural exchange program between Japanese and American students. It is a full-scholarship program that gives 40 American sophomore and junior high school students the chance to build relationships with people from another country and learn another culture firsthand. HSD opens students' eyes to a whole new perspective on the world, while also helping them learn more about themselves. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required! Visit to apply. Applications are due Jan. 8.  

The Dental Career Exploration Program is offered to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are interested in exploring a career in dentistry. Through hands-on workshops, students will develop skills such as reading comprehension through book discussions and public speaking through practice debates, as well as effective study skills. For additional information and to complete an application, please visit The application is available until May 1, 2013.