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Students Face Up To The Nation's Finances
Fall 2009 Written & Multimedia Essay Contest
This semester's winners are:
Each contest participant may submit only one entry.
Entries co-created by more than one author are allowed; all authors must be individually eligible to enter the contest; and all authors must be listed when the entry is submitted to FacingUp.org.
All students entering this contest – college or high school - must reside in the United States or in U.S. territories or possessions, and must be over the age of 13. Eligibility of prospective winners will be verified before the award of any prizes. Employees of Public Agenda, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the University of Virginia, and their families are not eligible. Previous winners are not eligible.
College students are eligible to participate if they are currently enrolled in a participating college or university and have participated in Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances in a course or in an event on your campus.
High school students are eligible to participate if they are currently enrolled in a participating school and have participated in any part of the Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances (http://www.facingup.org/students) curriculum or the University of Virginia's Youth Leadership Initiative (http://www.youthleadership.net) in a course or in an event relating to the federal budget deficit or national debt.
Older students who have returned to school to earn their college or high school diplomas are also eligible to enter, so long as they are enrolled in classes or attended an event focused on the federal budget or national debt as part of the Students Face Up to the Nation's Finances curriculum or the University of Virginia's Youth Leadership Initiative.
Special note to students age 14 through 17: as minors, you cannot enter or become a registered user of this web site unless you have the permission of a parent or legal guardian, or are an emancipated minor, as FacingUp.org does not wish to collect information about children under the age of 14. By registering with our web site and submitting your entry, you are pledging that you do have approval to use this web site, enter the contest, and have your name, age, grade and school name announced on the web, in news releases and elsewhere in the event that you are a winner of the contest. If your entry is chosen as a potential winner, you will be required to prove that you have the permission of a parent or guardian; if you cannot provide this proof, your entry will be disqualified.
To enter this contest, you must first become a registered user of FacingUp.org. By registering, you affirm that you are either at least 14 years old, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent to use this site and enter this contest, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations and warranties set for in this Agreement, and to abide by and comply with these Policies.
Imagine you are a public policymaker, government advisor, or an opinion columnist. What do you think about the federal budget deficit and national debt, and what do you think should be done about this problem?
Make your voice heard and submit your thoughts as part of a national contest (as well as for an assignment in your class). Please write a short essay or create a video or other multimedia presentation (“Entry”) addressing any or all of these questions:
In addition to being part of a national competition with four prizes of $500 each awarded at the end of the semester, your work may be posted on Public Agenda's website, featured on YouTube, and elsewhere, republished in other forms, and brought to the attention of national leaders and news media.
Rules for Written Essay Entries
Rules for Essays In Multimedia Formats
(Web Sites, Video, Audio, Slide Shows, Images, etc.)
Then follow these steps to upload your entry to FacingUp.org, depending on the media format you have chosen:
For video submissions:
For audio submissions:
For image submissions:
For Flash submissions:
There are a total of four prizes of $500 each: Best Written Essay by a college student; Best Multimedia Essay by a college student; Best Written Essay by a high school student; and Best Multimedia Essay by a high school student. There are age limits and special rules affecting minors: click here for more on whether you are eligible to enter the contest.
Winners will be featured on FacingUp.org and possibly other websites. The prize in each category is $500. Winners are solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes as well as all other costs or fees associated with acceptance and/or use of a prize not specified herein as being awarded and will receive an IRS Form 1099 for the value of their prize. Prizes are awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Winner may not substitute, assign or transfer prize, but Public Agenda reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. All prize details are at Public Agenda’s sole discretion.
Rules On Content Use And Content Creation
Entry must be the original work of the contestant(s), may not have been previously published, may not have won previous awards, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the Entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the contestant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the contestant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the Entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the Entry by Public Agenda in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the Entry. By submitting an Entry, contestant warrants and represents that he/she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consents to the submission and use of the Entry in the Contest, and to their posting on any of Public Agenda’s websites and as otherwise set forth in these Official Rules.
Disqualification Of Contest Entries
Mass Entries, and comments generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices will, at Public Agenda’s sole discretion, be disqualified. Public Agenda reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest and, if terminated, at Public Agenda’s discretion, determine the winner using all non-suspect, eligible Entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. Public Agenda reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (and void his/her entry) it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of this Contest or website, intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other contestant, Public Agenda or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Official Rules. Public Agenda also reserves the right to not choose a winner in any particular category, if all entries received in that category are deemed unworthy of a prize.
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