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6Theme-based magnet schools

Arts & Humanities

Dec 8
Mar 5
digital ceremony
Scholastic Arts & Writing AwardsStudents age 13 and up can apply in 28 categories of art and writing. $7 for each entry submission or $25 for each portfolio submission. Receive scholarships, cash awards or tuition assistance by participating in the awards. Register online. The host of the Iowa Multi-State Art & Writing Region is:
Belin-Blank Center
600 Blank Honors Center
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-0454
Gold Keys and American Vision & Voices nominees advance to national judging.
Feb 21 Grant Wood entry deadline
Feb 23 project submission deadline
Mar 18 Grant Wood contest
National History DayStudents in grades 6-12 conduct original research on historical topics of interest. Students compete at the local level as an individual or in a small group in a choice of categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. Students enter projects at the local level, with top students advancing to state and national levels.

Essay & Speech

Oct 31Voice of DemocracyStudents in grades 9-12 record a reading of their 3-5 minute essay covering a democratic and patriotic-themed essay. The national winner receives a $30,000 scholarship. Each state winner receives a minimum scholarship of $1000. Submit all entry materials to the local VFW post:
Post 788 Patrick J. Shanahan
3240 Southgate Place SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-5415
Dec 1 Fleet Reserve Association Essay ContestStudents in grades 7-12 write a 350 word essay about “Why I am proud to be an American.” The grand national winner will receive $5,000, with additional prizes for the top three essays in each grade category. Additional prizes may be awarded to students winning at local and regional levels of competition. Mail local submission materials to:
Branch: 216-IA, CEDAR RAPIDS
Name : Shirley M. Niedermann
Address : 6 Chapelridge Cir Apt H Marion, IA 52302-7250
Dec 15
submit to local chapter in Des Moines
National Sojourners 2022 Essay ContestOpen to students currently in the 9th to 12th grades. Submit your 300-500 word essay to the local National Sojourners Chapter (Des Moines) using the “Authorized Cover Sheet”. Each Chapter submits a maximum of 3 essays to National Sojourners Headquarters, received at National by Jan. 15th, 2022.
Top three essays will receive $1000 – $3000 and a National Sojourner’s plaque
Jan 14John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay ContestStudent in grades 9-12 write an essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage. Each year the topic has a different prompt. The topic this year is Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917
Scholarships range from $100 – $10,000
Feb 1
11:59 ET
Sustainable Solutions Writing ContestStudents in grades 3-12 write an informative essay about how engineering can help humanity meet one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Students should include at least one example of a solution that demonstrates how engineering design can be used to solve current problems without risking the future. Entries are limited to 650 words. Elementary, middle, and high school are judged separately. First-place winners will be awarded $500; Second-place $250; Third-place $100 in each grade category.
May 1-2Ronal Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series
Online or in-person at
Truman High School, Independence, MO
Students in grades 9-12. The debates search for students who can effectively use logic, evidence, and personality to communicate their ideas, just as Ronald Reagan did throughout his life. Competitors who qualify for the National Championship receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California. The three day trip will include a private tour of the library and dinner under the wings of Air Force One.


Oct 1 – Apr 30Rapunzl National Investment CompetitionStudents in grades 9-12 simulate a free $10,000 stock portfolio and buy & sell companies with real-time pricing, provided by Nasdaq. Participation is free and assumes no prior understanding of the stock market. $35k in annual prizes and $2k in scholarships each month. Watch the video before downloading the Rapunzl app. Video link
Feb 28 deadline
Mar 19 competition
Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair – Cedar RapidsStudents in grades 6-12 exhibit their science projects and explain what they have learned. Deserving students are recognized with awards, prizes, and scholarships; top students are sent to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Dec 1 opens
Feb 26 deadline
Mar 24
Senior High Fair
Mar 25
Junior High Fair
State Science Technology Fair of Iowa – AmesStudent researcher (grades 6-12) meets with professional researchers and communicates their findings and understanding of the research process. The SSTFI is an affiliate of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.
Mar 31
June 27 –
July 20, 2022
National Youth Science CampSenior with superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics and/or the sciences; leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in both school and community activities. Two delegates from each state will be selected to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp). It will be entirely virtual in 2022. The NYSCamp is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program designed to honor and challenge some of the nation’s rising leaders.
Feb 9 registration opens
Mar 28 deadline
Apr 25 Institute
World Food Prize Global Challenge, Iowa Youth Institute, Iowa State University, AmesStudents in grades 9-12 research a global challenge and write a paper about the problem and a proposed solution. Students can earn scholarships, become recognized as a Borlaug Scholar, qualify for the Global Youth Institute, paid fellowships, and international scholarships.
May 8-13Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair – Atlanta, GeorgiaStudents must be selected by judges at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair to participate. See above.
Jun 1 – Nov 10 deadline @ 8:00 pm ESTRegeneron Science Talent SearchU.S. High School Seniors in the Class of 2022 are invited to apply online to the nation’s oldest and most prestigious STEM research competition.