"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 Respect Life Youth Contest!

Introducing a New Category the Student/Senior Video Interview!

 

Contest Theme “ BE NOT Afraid 

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

We welcome all Catholic youth in grades 7 – 12 who live in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and/or attend Catholic elementary schools, high schools or parish programs including religious education, youth groups and youth choirs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to participate. We also encourage children with special needs to participate.
For further information contact your parish or school office.

We kindly ask leaders of Religious Education Programs and schools to be responsible for developing their own judging protocol for all entries in the contest. All entries will be  judged on originality, relation to a Respect Life issue, the Catholic faith, and contest theme. Only one entry per category, for each level can be submitted. Submitting more than one entry per category will disqualify the school and student. A list of the different Respect Life issues and concerns can be found on the Respect Life website. (respectlife.drvc.org/our-issues/)

Contest Deadline

December 15, 2017

All entries must be accompanied by a registration form, signed by a parent or guardian, postmarked by December 15, 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 December 15 to dtellis@drvc.org.

Thank you for your incredible efforts!

The Award Ceremony will be held on

March 21, 2018

at Holy Trinity High School Auditorium at 7:00 pm

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

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.

 Participation in the contest is through one of the following categories: essay, poetry, music, photography, video clip, bookmark design, mural for life, new category – student/senior video interview.

Each student must submit a contest registration form.

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, “Be Not Afraid.

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

The Award Ceremony will be held on

March 21, 2018

at Holy Trinity High School Auditorium at 7:00 pm

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.

Must be single spaced, typed, and limited to no more than 400 words.

Must be typed and limited to no more than 21 lines.

The lyrics must be the student’s original work however, the melody can be from the public domain. Music can be submitted by either mailed CD or uploaded directly to the office under the Music and Video Contest Upload Section on this page.  Music which is accompanied by video will not be accepted.

Music must be under 3 minutes and students must be prepared to perform their music on awards night.

All photos must be 8”x 10” in color or black and white taken by the student. All Photography entries must be submitted with a completed category form and Video/Photo release form.

All video entries can be submitted either by mailing a USB or by uploading to the office website under the Music and Video Contest Upload Section on this page.

Video must be under 2 minutes 30 seconds. The filming, audio, and editing of the video must be the student’s original work. No PowerPoint presentations, slideshows, or other peoples’ videos will be accepted .

All video entries must be submitted with a completed Video/Photo release form.

Supported File Formats

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

Video Clip Design Resources

Must submitted on the bookmark category form. No exceptions.

This category is for groups of 2 to 4 students and must be completed on mural paper provided by the Respect Life Office. Requests for paper must be by October 1st to dtellis@drvc.org. All work must be original, colorful, reflect the contest theme, and a Respect Life issue.

Each student in a group must submit a separate registration form. All groups must submit one category form.

All interview entries can be submitted either by mailing a USB or by uploading to the office website under the Music and Video Contest Upload Section on this page. Video must be under 2 minutes 30 seconds.

The filming, audio, and editing of the video must be the student’s original work. All interviews must be submitted with a completed category form and Video/Photo release form.

  • Supported File Formats
    • .MOV
    • .MP4
    • .AVI
    • .WMV
    • .MPEG4
  • Video: How to lead an Interview – A brief video on the steps to take for a successful interview.

Music and Video Contest Upload

The Music and Video Contest Upload Form is only for Music, Video Clip and NEW CATEGORY Student/Senior Video Interview Categories.

If you are having troubling filling out or uploading the form please contact the Respect Life Office respectlife@drvc.org 

This form will ask for the following:

  1. Contact information
  2. Students Information
  3. Categories you are uploading
  4. Filename – All files must be named after the students First and Last name (example: FirstLast.mp3)
  5. Uploading of Music, Video Clip, Interviews with corresponding Registration Forms and Category Forms if applicable