"How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love." - BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Welcome to the
2018-19 Respect Life Youth Contest!

Contest Theme

EVERY LIFE
Cherished • Chosen • Sent

 for Level ONE-grades 7-8 & Level TWO-grades 9-12

The mission of the Respect Life Office is to enunciate and promote the principle that human life, at all stages from conception to natural death, is a gift from God, worthy of respect and protection.
All Catholic youth in grades 7 through 12 who live in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and/or attend Catholic elementary schools, high schools or parish programs are invited to participate.
To learn about different Respect Life issues visit
  • Ensure all entries must reflect a Respect Life issue, the contest theme and church teaching
  • Encourage originality and adherence to contest rules
  • Incorporate contest into school year curriculum
  • Only one entry per category, per school, per parish, for each level can be submitted. More than one entry in a category will disqualify the school in that category.

Cash awards are presented to first, second, and third place winners in each category and each level.

First Place $400.00  |  Second Place $250.00  |  Third Place $150.00

 

Schools will be notified of contest winners by the first week of March.

Contest Deadline

January 25, 2019

All entries must be accompanied by the attached registration form signed by a parent or guardian, postmarked by January 25th, and mailed to the Respect Life Office at 50 North Park Ave, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571.

 To receive certificates of participation a list of all students who have entered the contest must be emailed by January 25, 2019 to dtellis@drvc.org.

Thank you for your incredible efforts!

All forms provided can be reproduced for distribution to students. A sample bulletin announcement is provided in the general information section on this page.
*Please note – All entries, either uploaded to the website or mailed, must be accompanied by a completed registration form and if required a Video/Photo release form and category form.
  • Submit work that reflects a Respect Life issue, the contest theme and church teaching
  • Choose a category and work with your teacher
  • Fill out the attached registration form signed by your parents and teacher or pastor
  • Adhere to provided guidelines

All entries will be judged on originality and expression of thought in relation to the Catholic faith, a Respect Life topic, and the contest theme

EVERY LIFE

   Cherished • Chosen• Sent

Information on Respect life issues and concerns are available at: respectlife.drvc.org/our-issues/

Cash awards are presented to first, second and third place winners in each category and level.

First Place $400.00  |   Second Place  $250.00  |  Third Place $150.00

All students who participate in the contest  will receive a certificate of participation.      

 The registration form for each category must be signed by a parent or guardian.

  • Communicate with Directors of Religious Education to verify that only one entry per parish is submitted and that entries reflect the contest theme
  • Incorporate the contest theme into parish ministries
  • Help and guide students with entries
  • To learn about different Respect Life issues, visit our website at respectlife.drvc.org/our-issues/
  • Single spaced and typed in Times New Roman 12 point font
  • Limited to 400 words
  • One page with no pictures
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and limited to 21 lines
  • No images permitted
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Lyrics must be the student’s original work, but the melody can be in the public domain
  • Submit a USB or CD to the Respect Life Office
  • Should not exceed 3 minutes
  • No video permitted
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive
  • Image size 8”x10” in color or black & white
  • Taken by the student; no collages
  • Accompanied by a completed category form and Video/Photo release form
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive
  • Submit a USB or CD to the Respect Life office
  • Video length should not exceed 3 minutes
  • Video is to be student’s original creation, including filming, editing, and audio
  • No PowerPoint presentations or slideshows
  • If choosing to interview a senior citizen:
    • Introduce the senior and explain your relationship
    • Encourage the senior citizen to share a powerful moment in their life that reflects a Respect Life issue
    • Ask what life advice the senior citizen would give to youth today
  • Accompanied by a Video/Photo release form
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive

Supported File Formats

  • .MOV
  • .MP4
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .MPEG4

Video Design / Student-Senior Citizen Interview Resources

  • Entries should be hand drawn and submitted on the bookmark category form
  • Computer generated pictures will not be accepted
  • Each student must submit a contest registration form.
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive
  • For groups up to 4 students with school and names written on back
  • Completed on mural paper provided by the Respect Life Office; paper requests should be made no later than October 22nd  to dtellis@drvc.org
  • Must be original creation
  • Accompanied by separate registration forms for each student and one category form for the entire group
  • Need Inspiration? Visit the Respect Life Contest Winners Archive