Several student event deadlines expire soon – don’t miss out on your favorite programs!

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Student Events Postcard
Postcards for this year's student events were mailed to area educators this fall. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Mary Hillmann.

SCSC Regional Spelling Bee, Registration Deadline: Late: Dec. 20
SCSC sponsors the Spelling Bee for students in grades 5–8 in the south central region of Minnesota. Each student participating in the regional event has won their local district event. The regional event will be held Feb. 18, 2020. The winner advances as a Minnesota representative at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. at the end of May. Register your school at www.spellingbee.www.

Poetry Out Loud, Registration deadline Jan. 10, 2020
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering FREE educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and SCSC. Additional information can be found at www.poetryoutloud.org.

LifeSmarts, Deadline to compete in the state competition: Jan. 18, 2020
Learn about consumer issues that affect everyday life – everything from managing finances, making smart consumer choices, understanding technology, staying healthy and helping the environment. Online and face-to-face competitions available for those interested in that component where students in grades 9–12 compete as teams of four. Schools or other youth organizations can have multiple teams – have friendly rivalry within your classroom. FREE curriculum and registration is available at www.lifesmarts.org.

Knowledge Bowl, Senior High: January–March 2020
Teams of students compete in one written and three oral rounds of competition in this interdisciplinary event requiring quick recall and teamwork. Questions are taken from the standard curriculum for the grades. Teams of junior and senior high students participate in invitational, sub-regional, regional and state events (senior high only).

Minnesota Academic Pentathlon, January–May 2020
Students in grades 6–8 experience the challenges of rigorous team and individual competition in five events: literature, mathematics, fine arts, science and social studies. The program strives to foster a greater respect for knowledge, promote wholesome interschool academic competition and further develop student communication skills.

Math Mania Tournament, Feb. 13, 2020
Students in grades 6–8 will demonstrate their skills in mathematics. Teams of five students will participate in individual, team and playoff rounds of competition surrounding mathematical thinking and problem-solving. Coaches are provided sample problems in advance of the competition and solutions for reviewing with teams afterward. Team and individual awards will be presented at a ceremony following the competition.

SCSC Young Writers & Artists Conference, March 10–11, 2020
The Young Writers & Artists Conference (YWAC) offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects related to writing and creative arts. YWAC utilizes a number of authors, artists, educators, experienced writers, and business leaders as conference facilitators. These local and regional talents inspire youth and encourage them to take their own talents to new levels. Brochures of sessions and registration will be available mid-January.

SCSC Writing Contest, Submissions Due March 27, 2020
The SCSC Writing Contest gives K–12 students the opportunity to express themselves through fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their love of language!

Math Masters, Sixth Grade: March 13, 2020; Fifth Grade: April 24, 2020
Math Masters of Minnesota invites all fifth and sixth grade students across the state to participate in regional events where they compete as individuals and in teams. Students receive recognition for their excellence in mathematical skills. Math Masters shows students that their math fundamentals pay off in this valuable academic experience! Register your teams at www.mathmastersmn.org.

Math Mania Tournament, Feb. 13, 2020
Students in grades 6–8 will demonstrate their skills in mathematics. Teams of five students will participate in individual, team and playoff rounds of competition surrounding mathematical thinking and problem-solving. Coaches are provided sample problems in advance of the competition and solutions for reviewing with teams afterward. Team and individual awards will be presented at a ceremony following the competition.

Chess Tournaments, May 9, 2020
These tournaments are for students in grades K–12. Students will be awarded medals for division champions and ribbons for grade level winners. All players receive a participation certificate. Register with Mankato Community Education and Recreation at www.mankatocer.com or 507-387-5501.

Other Opportunities:
Check out the 2019–20 Reach for the Stars Catalogue
Statewide academic enrichment programs for K–12 that have been reviewed and approved by the Minnesota Academic League Council are included in the Reach for the Stars catalogue, which is published as a service by Synergy & Leadership Exchange and the Minnesota Academic League, with generous support from Jostens and The Minnesota Service Cooperatives.

2020 Gathering of Champions Logo Contest
Submit your original logo design ideas for the 2020 Gathering of Champions, which will appear on the certificates of achievement, T-shirts, banners and other materials. The winner receives a $100 prize and a framed copy of their winning design. This contest is open to ALL Minnesota K–12 students. Multiple entries per student are welcome.

Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE programs for all students in grades 3–12 to join supportive peers and role models while using computer science to change the world. Clubs can be hosted in schools, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or other nonprofits. Interested in starting a club? Visit www.girlswhocode.com.