What is the Expressions Challenge?
- The Walgreen Company is once again having the Expressions Challenge.
- This challenge was created for students to have a voice, express their art, and express themselves in a creative way.
- Last year more than 1,600 students participated in the challenge and every year it seems to get better. The goal of the challenge is to express positivity through behavior so that there are more positive outcomes.
- They want students to express how today’s issues influence their health, academics, and wellness.
What Can You Win?
- Contest winners, teachers, and schools get cash, prizes, and public recognition. Over $25,000 in cash and prizes are given away to individuals that participate in the Expressions Challenge organization.
- The first place winner receives $3,000. ($2,000 for student, $500 for school, and $500 for teacher.)
- The second place winner gets $1,750. ($1,250 for student and $500 for the teacher.)
- You are eligible if you are a current high school student.
What Is the Topic & Genre?
- Suggested topics are abstinence, self-esteem, sexual responsibility, abstinence, sexting, STD prevention, AIDS awareness, and teen pregnancy.
- You can write an essay, poem, short story, use graphic design, paint, create a sculpture, photography, create a video, record a song, or rap.
- You can submit one entry per category: creative writing, media arts, or multimedia.
- You can work in a group up to 5 people (but then you would have to split the cash prize).
- The qualifications include originality, writing style, quality of work, adherence to contest and category guidelines.
- You may not enter a piece of work with explicit images, profane language, nudity, any form of discrimination, or the Walgreens brand/logo.
- October 1, 2016: Expressions Challenge Begins Public Voting Opens
- November 30, 2016: Expressions Challenge Ends Public Voting Closes
- December 1, 2016: Judging Round 1
- December 12, 2016: Judging Round 1 Ends
- December 15, 2016: Judging Round 2 Begins
- December 19, 2016: Judging Round 2 Ends
- December 30, 2016: Winner Notification Begins
- December 22, 2016: Winner Notification Ends
- January 2016: Award Ceremony St.Louis
Glossary of Terms, (See Packet from Class)
- Abstinence — The practice of refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity for medical, psychological, legal, social, financial, philosophical, moral or religious reasons.
- Adolescent Sexuality — Refers to sexual feelings, behavior and development in adolescents and is a stage of human sexuality. Sexuality is often a vital aspect of teenagers’ lives. The sexual behavior of adolescents is, in most cases, influenced by their culture’s norms and mores, their sexual orientation, and the issues of social control such as age of consent laws.
- AIDS — Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome — Immune system failure and debilitation, resulting in severe and eventually fatal illness; caused by HIV infection.
- At-Risk Sexual Behaviors — According to a report prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the younger the age of first sexual intercourse, the greater the risk of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. This is because those who begin having sex at young ages are generally exposed to risk for a longer time, are less likely to use contraception, generally have more sexual partners, and tend to engage in higher risk sexual behaviors such as alcohol or drug use prior to sexual intercourse and having multiple concurrent sexual partners. It must be recognized as well that early intercourse is frequently not voluntary.
- Birth Control — Control the number of children born; preventing or lessening the chance of pregnancy.
- Contraception — Deliberate prevention of conception.
- Cyber-bullying — The use of the internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.
- Gender Identity — A person’s private sense of, and subjective experience of, their own gender. This is generally described as one’s private sense of being a man or a woman, consisting primarily of the acceptance of membership into a category of people.
- HIV — Human Immunodeficiency virus; the body lacks the ability to mount a normal immune response to infection; the virus that causes AIDS
- Safe Sex — Sexual activity engaged in by people who have taken precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV/AIDS. It is also referred to as safer sex or protected sex, while unsafe or unprotected sex is sexual activity engaged in without precautions.
- Sexting — Sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs, primarily between mobile phones. The term is a “mash-up” of the terms sex and texting.
- Sexual Education — Two main forms of sex education are taught in American schools: comprehensive and abstinence-only. Comprehensive sex education covers abstinence as a positive choice, but also teaches about contraception and avoidance of STIs when sexually active.
- Sexual Self-Concept — Developing a sexual self-concept is an important development step during adolescence. This is when adolescents try to make sense and organize their sexual experiences so that they understand the structures and underlying motivations for their sexual behavior.
- Sexual Health — Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Reproductive health, or sexual health/hygiene, addresses the reproductive processes, functions and system at all stages of life.
- Sexual Orientation — is an enduring personal quality that inclines people to feel romantic or sexual attraction (or a combination of these) to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both sexes or more than one gender.
- Sexual Responsibility — To be capable of making moral, practical, or rational decisions about sexual activity. To be answerable for one’s behavior regarding sexual activity.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) — Sexually transmitted diseases (STD), also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STI) and venereal diseases (VD), are illnesses that have a significant probability of transmission between humans by means of human sexual behavior, including vaginal intercourse, oral sex, and anal sex.
- Teen Dating Violence — They physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship. While dating, domestic and sexual violence affect women regardless of their age, teens and young women are especially vulnerable. Young people ages 12 to 19 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault, and people age 18 and 19 experience the highest rates of stalking.
How to Submit
- Share a Google Doc
- Visit the contest website here
- Click “sign up with your e-mail address”
- Enter your name, e-mail, and password –> then check your e-mail
- Click the link in your e-mail
- Enter your e-mail and password on the website, then enter the information it asks for
- Check your personal e-mail for the PDF version of your parent consent form, sent by Mrs. O’Donnell
- Upload your parent consent form on your application
- Check your personal e-mail for the Word or PDF form of your entry, sent by Mrs. O’Donnell; then upload it to your application
- To be entered in the Visual Arts category, entrants must upload original artwork along with a title and a caption
- To be entered in the Media Arts category, entrants must upload a photo or video along with a title and caption
- To be entered in the Creative Writing category, entrants must upload an original essay or poem with a title and a caption
- Video submissions must not exceed 180 seconds (3 minutes) in length
- Video submission files must be no larger than 1 GB in size and in one of the following formats: mp4, mov, wmv, avi
- Art or Photo submissions must be no larger than 1 GB and in one of the following formats: jpg, png, or gif
- Essay or Poem submissions must be at least 500 words but must not exceed 1,000 words
- Only original music created by or music licensed by the entrant will be allowed in his/her video
- If you enter as a group, you need to download the Group Entry Form on the website
- Individual Entrant, not entering the contest as a Group, must be able to provide a release form for each person appearing in his/her video or photo submission of his/her entry. Sponsor must be able to contact each person appearing in the potential winner’s video or photo. Download the Appearance Release Form at the website
- You will be disqualified if your entry includes commercial products such as clothing, toys, food and/or their trademarks, brands, logo, or endorsements
- You will be disqualified if your entry includes any third party materials (including but not limited to music) that may otherwise violate or infringe any of the following: Copyright, trademark, logo, or mark that identifies a brand or other proprietary right of any person living or deceased, clothing that is worn in the video or photo or artwork should not contain any visible logos, drawings, cartoons, phrases, trademarks or other third-party materials