Best of Colorado Individual Student Contests 2013
IMPORTANT! We are moving to a new, improved contest hosting site and we are just finishing some work to make it even easier for you to enter our Best of Colorado contests. You will receive emails and a postcard with the login information, and we hope those will be going out by March 22. The good news is that all the preparation work, creating PDFs, etc., that you are used to, is still in effect. You will still upload PDFs. So please keep working on preparing your entries. And please be assured that despite some delays due to this change in hosts, an April 5 deadline should take care of worries. The new site will actually make judging quicker and easier and we promise you will still receive award certificates early in May.
The new contest website is www.betternewspapercontest.com
We are also sending a postcard to ensure that this information gets through. We continue to hear stories of district filters gobbling up CHSPA emails, iContact newsletters, etc.
Our individual contests in yearbook, newspaper and video media, called the Best of Colorado awards, are back for 2013, with no significant changes in categories. General rules for the contests should be downloaded first. Please note that websites should enter newspaper categories and may choose to enter select video categories, as well (and this may require submitting both a newspaper and a video entry form). Please contact CHSPA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Please note one change when you go on our new contest site: you are now asked to include your school’s official enrollment figure, grades 9–12 (or 6–8 if appropriate to middle school). We will determine Class I, II and III winners by relative enrollments of entering schools, attempting to equalize the numbers of schools in each classification. All video media entries are judged in one classification.
The list of categories for each medium can be downloaded by choosing Best of Colorado newspaper instructions 2013, or Best of Colorado yearbook instructions 2013 or Best of Colorado video instructions 2013.
You can also download specific instructions: Prepping newspaper entries, and Prepping yearbook entries. Video media instructions are contained in email form, and involve no uploading — just links to streaming video.
If you have not received your new login instructions (they will be sent to your school email account) by March 25, please contact Jack Kennedy at email@example.com. We highly recommend at least sending a test PDF to the contest site as soon as you can to avoid chaos on April 5, which tries to avoid conflicts due to so many districts having a rather late spring break.
Here are some key ideas behind the changes:
1. Many members have noted that getting individual awards in October misses our graduated seniors, who are long gone. There would be more excitement if awards could be given in May, perhaps during school awards nights, or Quill & Scroll initiations, etc.
2. Because individual awards were coupled with Sweepstakes, limits were placed on number of entries, particularly for newspaper. With the All-Colorado Awards, overall media critiques do not depend on individual entries. Media can enter as many or as few categories as they wish, based on their unique school situations.
Entries for newspaper, website and video media need to have been published/broadcast in the period August 1 — March 31, while yearbook entries must be scheduled for publication in the latest book.
Again, a medium can enter as few or many individual categories as desired, with no penalty regarding being named All-Colorado (please see that page on our site for details).