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NJAGC offers art, writing and video contests for PreK-12 students

Theme: Cultivating Gifted Minds

The New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC) is sponsoring art, writing and video contests around the theme, “Cultivating Gifted Minds.” The contests are open to all New Jersey students in grades PreK-12 from public or private schools as well as those who are home-schooled. Winners will be selected in grade-level groupings. Only one entry per student per contest is permitted.

For the art and writing contests teachers should submit only the best two student creations in each category from each class. Art and writing entries must be submitted electronically no later than Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Winners will be notified by Jan. 25, 2021. The entry must specify that the work was created between Sept. 15, 2020, and Dec. 19, 2020.

Video entries may be submitted between Sept. 15, 2020 and Feb. 19, 2021.

Each contest has very specific requirements beyond what is described here. Visit for details.

Nominate scholar athletes for NJEA/News 12 recognition program

NJEA and News 12 New Jersey are seeking high school students who excel both academically and athletically. The NJEA/News 12 Scholar Athlete Recognition Program honors New Jersey high school seniors who are successful not only in the classroom, but on the court or the field.

Thirty students will be selected based on nominations received from high schools around the state. Each week, the Scholar Athlete will be featured in a news segment on News 12 New Jersey. In May or June, the winners, their families, coaches, and teachers will be honored. One student will be selected as 2020-21 Scholar Athlete of the Year and receive a $5,000 scholarship. Four finalists will receive $1,000 each.

To nominate a student, go to, slide over to Community and click on Partnerships & Contests. The form must be signed by the principal or guidance counselor, as well as the coach or athletic director. A News 12 sports panel will make the selection. Selections are ongoing; no applications will be accepted after March 3, 2021.