Diverse in every way, California's state parks encompass many of the state's natural wonders from the giant sequoias and majestic coastline
to the jagged Sierra. How are you inspired by California's state parks? Why are they important to California? California students are invited to
showcase their creative side and participate in the LegiSchool Project's NEW Visual Arts Contest. One grand prize winner will receive $150 and four runners up will receive $100 each. Winning artwork will be displayed at the State Capitol in early 2013. Postmark Deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Kate Johannesen, Culver City High School
Kyle Matthes, Dana Hills High School
Ariana Pacino, Culver City High School
Stefana Glaginic, Culver City High School
Sarah Jaques, Lagunal Niguel
DREAM Act (Development, Relief, Education for Alien Minors) legislation has been controversial on both the state and national level. In California, numerous pieces of legislation over the years have sought to increase undocumented students' access to higher education. Most recently in 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 131 allowing undocumented students eligibility to qualify for state-funded aid such as Cal Grants.
On a national level, a directive from President Obama in 2012 allows undocumented minors an opportunity to stay and work in the country for a specified number of years and not be deported. Those eligible must fill out an application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and meet a number of criteria in order to be considered. Critics on both sides of the issue have attacked this directive as "backdoor amnesty", or as a weak alternative to the DREAM Act legislation that failed congresssional approval in 2010.
Clearly this is an issue of great significance to California due to our large, diverse population. Imagine that you are a state legislator, able to make decisions that will impact this issue, and address the following questions:
• Do you agree or disagree with public policy proposals like the DREAM Act? Why or why not?
• How would public policy proposals like the DREAM Act affect California on a state level?
• What ideas do you have regarding steps California can take to address the issue of undocument minors in the state?
Click here for eligibility and rules
Click here for entry form
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2013
Submit entry form and essay (with a cover page) as PDF documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you envision California? Agriculture? Mountains? Water?
People? Cities? Students are invited to step behind the camera
lens and capture an image, anything big or small, that you feel
represents California. The grand-prize winner will receive $100
and four runners-up will receive $50 each. Look for complete
details in March. The first place winner will receive $100 and four runners-up will receive $50 each and the winning photographs will be displayed at the State Capitol in 2013. Postmark Deadline: May 3, 2013.
Click Here for 2013 Photo Contest Entry Form