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Colorful umbrellas in sky 3d art

Judging Criteria

  1. Craftsmanship 25%
  2. Skill 25%
  3. Originality 25%
  4. Basic Design Principles 25%

Submission Requirements

  1. Categories for the Applied Design award include: stained glass, woodworking, jewelry, functional ceramics, electric and other projects which exhibit craftsmanship utilizing good 3-dimensional design principles. Materials such as wood, metal, plastic, ceramic, glass, leather, fabric, etc. may be used singly or in combination.
  2. The intent of this category is for 3-dimensional pieces (functional or decorative); 2-dimensional art must be submitted in the Visual Arts Category.
  3. Criteria used to judge each project will be based on basic design principles (good use of line, color, balance, surface texture, proportion), as well as craftsmanship, skill and originality.
  4. Size limitations: 30 pounds maximum. The project should not exceed 4’ in any dimension and it must be transportable.
  5. A completed submission form must accompany the project and be attached to the back or underside of the project.
  6. All projects must be screened by the school’s art department before submitting to competition.
  7. Judging will be conducted by professionals in the applied design field.
  8. Please plan to transport project on March 3 to Bishop Ranch.

Learning schooling words on a blackboard

Judging Criteria

  1. Cover letter defining grade level and purpose
  2. Alignment of portfolio pieces with educational standards
  3. Developmental appropriateness for grade-level
  4. Neatness, organization and creativity
  5. At least four subject area disciplines represented
  6. Layout
  7. Lesson plans should be formatted in a basic layout with at least four components: introduction with objective, material list, procedures/instructions, and conclusion.

Submission Requirements

  1. Portfolio should be submitted in a binder.
  2. Portfolio should include cover letter, lesson plans, and you may choose to submit samples or pictures of student work.
  3. Each lesson should have at least four components: introduction with objective, material list, procedures/instructions, and conclusion.
  4. (pre K- grade 5). Lessons should be developmentally appropriate and include at least four of the following disciplines: Art, music, science, math, cooking, language arts (reading, writing), games and/or motor skills, social/emotional development, nature/outdoor appreciation, multicultural, theater, technology or STEM, and Health/Nutrition.


People wearing  Crew  T-shirts at an event

Judging Criteria

  1. Amount of responsibility assumed by student. Weight: 20%1. Amount
  2. Value of service to the community. Weight: 20%
  3. Hours served. Weight: 20%
  4. The amount of initiative exhibited by the student in organizing and/or accomplishing the service. Weight: 20%
  5. Photos are included and illustrate project. Weight: 20%

Submission Requirements

  1. Student must have volunteered his/her services and not have received compensation for services performed. Examples of volunteer areas and organizations include community work with recreation departments, libraries, police departments or senior citizen groups, hospital/health care agencies, religious organizations, scout groups, etc.
  2. Volunteer activity must be current or retroactive to one year while attending a San Ramon Valley school.
  3. Student must submit an essay (1-5 pages), a printed PowerPoint/Prezi detailing the actual service(s) performed; the reason for choosing this particular service activity; the value of this service, both to the community, and personally; any lessons learned; and examples of feedback from the organization or people who the project served.
  4. Pictures must be submitted with the project.
  5. Please include a proof of service in the form of an up-to-date letter from the student volunteer’s supervisor. The letter should state the length of service, evaluation of performance, and the supervisor’s opinion of its value to the community.
  6. Judging will be conducted by a panel of professionals from the community involved with volunteerism.


Calligraphy ink pen resting on page of fancy script writing

Judging Criteria

  1. Quality of writing. Does the writer demonstrate a command of language? Weight: 25%
  2. Development. Does the writer use purposeful details that deepen understanding? Weight: 25%
  3. Craft. Does the writer skillfully use story structure and/or literary devices? Weight: 25%
  4. Tone. Does the writer set a consistent tone or impact the reader. Weight: 25%

Submission Requirements

  1. Write a short story, excerpt, or original creative writing piece.
  2. Manuscript must be typed/word processed.
  3. Narrative pieces should be a minimum of three and a maximum of ten pages.
  4. Stories should include student name, title and be submitted in a folder, presentation binder or plastic sleeve to the Assistant Principal.
  5. Please be aware of your audience. Topic, tone, subject matter should be appropriate for presentation in a high school classroom.


Plate of appetizing looking food

Judging Criteria

  1. Presentation of dish and professionalism.
  2. Quality and flavor.
  3. Quality of writing.
  4. Difficulty.
  5. Photos of project were included.

Submission Requirements

See below.

What to Bring to Your Presentation:

  1. Prepare an original meal or dish for the judges to sample.
  2. Present a photo of their Mise en Place (Prep/ ingredients for dish), a photo of completed Dish, and a professional photo of themselves.
  3. Provide a typed recipe.
  4. Include a brief write-up explaining: What inspired this dish? How did you select the ingredients? What cooking technique did you use? How long did it take to prepare? What is the cost to prepare this meal? How many people does this serve?
  5. Submit a completed menu description. Name the dish and a description as it would appear on a menu.
  6. If your dish contains peanut products, please make note of it on your recipe or application.

The Culinary Arts judging will take place on February 28, 2018 at Del Amigo High School.


Colorful illuminated dancers

Judging Criteria

  1. Presentation (including costuming, appropriate hair, etc.)
  2. Dance technique
  3. Choreography
  4. Musicality
  5. Stage presence

Submission Requirements

  1. Student should prepare a solo or duet. Student may only enter once in the dance category.
  2. Audition must be 2-4 minutes in length. A timekeeper will be present to assure that the program is kept on schedule.
  3. Programs will be judged on the basis of dance technique, ability of the performer, musicality, choreography, and presence.
  4. The performance may be accompanied by digital media or accompanist.
  5. Any dance form is acceptable where professional training is involved (e.g., ballet, jazz, modern, tap, ethnic dances). You must come in professional attire. No practice attire for auditions. Props will be allowed.
  6. Depending on the number of applications received in this category, students may be required to participate in a pre-screening process. You will be notified if this is necessary.
  7.  Judging will be conducted by a panel of dance professionals.

The Dance judging will take place on February 27, 2018 at Dougherty Valley High School in the Performing Arts Center.

Black and white digital art picture of a cheetah

Judging Criteria

  1. Originality, creativity and technical ability. Weight: 25%
  2. Personal expression of idea, feeling or value. Weight: 25%
  3. Effective use of the Elements of Art: Line, Shape, Value, Form, Color, Space and Texture. Weight: 25%
  4. Demonstrates clear understanding of the Principles of Design: Emphasis, Unity, Balance, Pattern, Movement, Rhythm, and Contrast. Weight: 25%

Submission Requirements

  1. A student may submit one piece of original art created with the use of a computer (color or black & white).
  2. Entry should be a work completed during this school year.
  3. Students will be responsible for printing their image (8”x10”or 8.5”x 11”). All printed images should be matted or mounted. Mats should be white or black.
  4. The entry must be an original piece conceived and completed by the student. Students should not submit work that directly copies subject matter, style, or content of historical works, even if it is a partial copying.


Red curtain drawn across a stage

Judging Criteria

  1. Voice
  2. Movement
  3. Poise
  4. Projection

Submission Requirements

  1. Student is to prepare a monologue between two and four minutes in length. A timekeeper will be present to assure that the program is kept on schedule. Monologue may be classical, contemporary, or an original piece.
  2. Judging will be conducted by a panel of professionals in the acting field.
  3. Depending on the number of applications received, students may be required to participate in a pre-screening process.
  4. Audition information will be posted at each school and on the Student Recognition Project website.

The Drama judging will take place on March 1, 2018 at San Ramon Valley High School.


Machine mill industry equipment

Judging Criteria

  1. 35% – Identify an engineering process, problem, or hazard. State purpose, goal and its relevance/importance
  2. 15% – Describe existing conditions, knowns and assumptions
  3. 30% – Document approach and design/assessment process
  4. 20% – Document/demonstrate results and Conclusions

Submission Requirements

Identify the engineering discipline of interest: examples include—civil engineering, structural engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, environmental engineering, Water Resource Engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, etc.

  1. Presentation of Engineering project or prototype, given in any form. (5 minutes) Q&A from the panel of judges. (2 minutes)
  2. Identify the process, problem, or hazard that your project addresses, the project goal, and its relevance/importance
  3. Describe existing conditions, knowns and assumptions
  4. Describe approach and design process
  5. Document/demonstrate results and conclusions

Judging for Engineering will take place on March 7, 2018 at California High School.

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Light-bulb inside a graphical thought bubble

Judging Criteria

The purpose of this project is to see how well the entrepreneur understands and operates his or her business, not just how (or whether) it is profitable. How well does he or she present it in the entry?

Completeness, organization, and clarity will be considered.

  1. Vision and Originality 20%
  2. Business Plan-
  3. Financial Viability 15%
  4. Marketing Plan (competitive analysis) 15%
  5. Resources (HR, Team, Talent) 15%
  6. Product/Service Research & Development 15%
  7. Business Result 20%

Submission Requirements

  1. Prepare a hard copy notebook describing your venture. Include the following in the order you think is best:
  1. Describe your product or service.
  2. Tell how you got into this business.
  3. Describe your background, interests, and experience relative to your business idea.
  4. Tell who is doing what to make the business operate.
  5. How many hours per month or week do you spend on this business?
  6. Who are your targeted customers?
  7. Tell how you get your customers. Include samples of ads, coupons, flyers, business cards, or other things you use to attract customers.
  8. Who are your competitors? (e.g. big companies, other students, small businesses)
  9. Describe your financial experience.
  1. What is your income and expense – for a typical month? – for a one-year period?
  2. What is your profit (or loss) over this period?
  3. How did you decide what to charge?
  4. How did you get any money needed to start the business or buy equipment, supplies, or inventory (if any) e.g., loans, savings, gift, trade, other?
  5. You may include pictures, a sample, or a display of your product or service.
  6. Include recommendations from customers, if possible.

Judging for Entrepreneur is on March 7, 2018 at California High School.

*This category allows for groups of up to 3 students. Please apply as a group on one application form and sign up for one time slot as a group.* 

Please allow up to 5 minutes (3 minutes for your presentation and 2 minutes for questions). There will be a projector and internet access. On March 7th please bring a copy for each judge and one extra copy for the committee member in charge of the category. She will bring it to Bishop Ranch for the Open House.

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Hands working on a laptop

Judging Criteria

The judges should be selected from a range of graphic design professionals, marketing professionals, art teachers and laypersons.

  1. Design Clarity & Craftsmanship – 50%: Does the logo clearly represent the brand and stand-alone from any need for further explanation? How obvious and recognizable is the mark? Can you get a sense of what the brand it is representing stands for? Are the font choices appropriate for the logo and the brand? Would it be easy to recognize it on a store front while driving past at 40 mph? Is the design executed in a clean and professional manner?
  2. Design Message – 30%: How in line with the business mission statement is the mark? For example, if the business is a nonprofit that works with victims of domestic violence does the logo promote an idea of security and trustworthiness? Or, if the brand’s main emphasis is community growth and connectivity is the mark inclusive?
  3. Design Description – 20%: Often in logo design work the brand representatives will not have a clear vision of what that mark should be, or why it should be. It is the responsibility of the designer to be able to explain, define and sometimes defend their design. Is the applicant able to clearly explain why they created the logo that they ended up with and how it is an appropriate representation of the company? Can they justify why the colors were chosen and what the imagery is supposed to represent?

Submission Requirements

Graphic Arts Logo Project: Create a fictitious company with a mission statement, target demographic, and description of product or services rendered.

  • Create a logo mark to represent the company brand, not a specific product.
  • Prepare a written explanation of the logo you have created and how/why it represents the company along with usage guidelines (what colors are/should be used in the logo, what type of background should the logo be placed on, etc.).
  1. The introduction to the logo should be no longer than 2 pages and include:

i. Information about the company (who they are, what they stand for, their goals, their products or services, and their target audience) that is being branded along

ii. An explanation of the logo design and ideas behind it.

  1. The usage guidelines should be no less than 2 pages and no more than 10. It should include the following information with example images where applicable:

i. Logo examples in color and black & white.
ii. Colors used (PMS color codes, CMYK color codes, and color examples)
iii. Fonts used (if any) a list of appropriate fonts and faces to be used and how they are used in conjunction with the logo should also be provided.
iv. Sizing restrictions (how small is too small?)
v. Background guides (light, dark or white, is there a keyline on dark backgrounds? Do colors switch for the background?)
vi. Border limits (how close to other copy or images can the logo be?)


Musical instruments

Judging Criteria

  1. Pitch accuracy and tone quality
  2. Technical facility (ability)
  3. Interpretation: expression / style / tempo
  4. Dynamics and phrasing
  5. Stage presence / posture / presentation

Submission Requirements

  1. Applicant will be auditioned by a panel of qualified adjudicators.
  2. Piece must be a solo performance, limited to 4 minutes in length. No accompanist allowed. A student may submit a composition with the performance. A timekeeper will be present to assure that the program is kept on schedule.
  3. Competition is open to a performance with any band or orchestra instrument.
  4. Any form of music is acceptable, e.g. classical or contemporary.
  5. Depending on the number of applications received in this category, students may be required to participate in a pre-screening process. You will be notified if this is necessary.
  6. Memorization not required. Please bring a copy of your music for the adjudicators.

The Instrumental Music judging will take place on February 26, 2018 at California High School.


Hands playing the piano

Judging Criteria

  1. Pitch accuracy and tone quality
  2. Technical facility (ability)
  3. Interpretation: expression / style / tempo
  4. Dynamics and phrasing
  5. Stage presence / posture / presentation

Submission Requirements

  1. Applicant will be auditioned by a panel of qualified adjudicators.
  2. Piece must be a solo performance, limited to 4 minutes in length. A student may submit a composition with the performance. A timekeeper will be present to assure that the program is kept on schedule.
  3. Any form of music is acceptable, e.g. classical or contemporary.
  4. Depending on the number of applications received in this category, students may be required to participate in a pre-screening process. You will be notified if this is necessary.
  5. Memorization encouraged but not required.
  6. Bring a copy of your music to submit to the judges.

The Piano judging will take place on February 26, 2018 at California High School.


Hands holding a newspaper

Judging Criteria

  1. Writing: Does the writer use clear, concise language? Is there a clear beginning, middle and end? Does the journalist use Associated Press style? Does the journalist use quotes? Weight: 50%
  2. Quality of reporting. Is the story complete? Did the journalist use credible sources? Does the story represent different sides of the issue (does not apply to opinion)? Are opinions attributed? Weight: 50%

Submission Requirements

  1. Journalism entries can submit one article in one of the three sub-categories listed below:
  • News (has more of a timely element to it) 800-1,000 words• Hard
  •  Feature (big issue pieces, personality profiles and trend stories) 400-1,200 words
  • Opinion; 400-600 words
  1. The topic or issue needs to be focused on high school teenagers or education in the San Ramon Valley.
  2. Prepare a typed article based on the sub-category word count (12-point font, double-spaced).
  3. Include a headline and the sub-category for your article.

Journalism is a digital submission. You will be contacted by the category coordinator with instructions on how to submit your project.


Leadership

Judging Criteria

  1. Ability to motivate others toward a goal. Weight: 40%
  2. Ability to execute on a vision. Weight: 20%
  3. Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effective. Weight: 20%
  4. Ability to persist over time, and/or in adversity. Weight: 10%
  5. Magnitude of the project’s impact. Weight: 10%

Submission Requirements

Students provide a verbal presentation that demonstrates their leadership skills, given in any form. (3 minutes)

Questions from the panel of judges. (2 minutes)

Submit 1 page resume.

Leadership judging will take place on March 7, 2018 at California High School.

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Digital camera lens

Judging Criteria

Rating System The overall rating is comprised of a set of weighted ratings for each of the below aspects:

  1. Composition-Weight: 15 %
  2. Color / Tone-Weight: 15 %
  3. Complexity-Weight: 15 %
  4. Genre-Specific Interest-Weight: 15 %
  5. Genre-Specific Complexity-Weight: 20 %
  6. Overall Interest / Emotional Response-Weight: 20 %

Submission Requirements

One photo per person may be submitted. The submitted photo must have been taken by the student submitting it.

Basic Requirements:

  • Color photo
  • 8×10 or 8×12
  • Matted on 11×14 white mat board (no cardstock, poster or foam board)

Title:
Photos may be titled (optional).

Description: (Must be attached to the back of the image)
The description should be concise (maximum of 2-3 sentences) and accurate, providing the viewer the basic information needed to understand and interpret the photograph.

Descriptions may include one or more of the elements below:

  • Information on how/why the photo was captured.
  • A description of the subject/scene of the photo.
  • Intended meaning and interpretation.

Content:
Photos may not contain any nudity or lewd, vulgar, or otherwise sensitive or offensive content that may be reasonably interpreted as such.

Editing/Retouching

CROPPING: Cropping is allowed, but composing the image in-camera is always ideal.

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY: Converting your color photos to black and white is acceptable.

COMPOSITE OR HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR): These shots are allowed only if the combined parts are made at the same time. Don’t submit final images where the foreground was shot at noon and the sky at sunset. If your photo is an HDR image, please indicate this in the caption.

FILTERS: We allow filters on photographs. We ask that you please include a description of how the style was achieved and which filter or technique was used in your caption. Use discretion, however, as over-processing can often make the photo look cartoonish.

WATERMARKS: Do not place any watermarks on the photo.


Roll of processed film negatives

Judging Criteria

  1. Print Quality
  2. Clean negative
  3. Proper exposure
  4. Visual Impact
  5. Strong Composition
  6. Clear subject
  7. Evokes thoughtful reflection

Submission Requirements

  • Project must be original and 100% student work (i.e. photography, developing and printing. Please submit only one photo.
  • No color prints; 35 mm black and white only.
  • No toning, bleaching or color additions.
  • Prints must be minimum 5” X 7” mounted on white 11” x 14” mat boards (standard mat boards will be provided by the project, which can be picked up from the Photography teacher at school).
  • No writing or marks of any kind shall be on the front of the mats.

Stack of cut out words

Judging Criteria

  1. Quality of writing. Does the writer demonstrate a command of language? Weight: 25%
  2. Development. Does the writer use purposeful details that deepen understanding of the poems? Weight: 25%
  3. Craft. Does the writer skillfully use poetic devices? Weight: 25%
  4. Tone. Does the writer set a consistent tone or impact the reader emotionally? Weight: 25%

Submission Requirements

  • Write a collection of three to ten poems.
  • Manuscript must be typed.
  • Poems should include student name, title, and be submitted in a folder, presentation binder, or plastic sleeve to the Assistant Principal.
  • Please be aware of your audience. Topic, tone, subject matter should be appropriate for a high school classroom.


Science lab equipment

Judging Criteria

  1. Creative, original product. Weight: 25%
  2. Use of scientific principles. Weight: 25%
  3. Written description. Weight: 25%
  4. Over-all clean appearance of the project Weight: 25%

*This category allows for groups of up to 4 students. Please apply as a group on one application form.*

Submission Requirements

Project must be submitted in person to the designated Assistant Principal in charge of the Student Recognition Project at your high school. Judging will be conducted by a panel of professionals in the scientific fields.

  1. Students may submit one project as an individual or a team of 2-4 participants. You may only submit one project for this category.
  2. Create a display board of a natural phenomenon suitable for use in a high school science course or develop a functional model for an invention to solve an identified problem.
  3. Each demonstration should include a set of specific and replicable directions, a clearly written discussion of the phenomena displayed and the scientific concepts and core ideas involved.
  4. Submission should also include a write up which contains a logical progression of concept which connect the phenomena to the core ideas and the over-all appearance of the project.


Video studio production activities

Judging Criteria

  1. Requirements—time requirements met, proper credits, appropriate target audience. Weight: 10%
  2. Writing & Narrative—plot structure, dialogue or narration, story development. Weight: 10%
  3. Directing—shot variety, stage blocking, believable acting or narration. Weight: 10%
  4. Cinematography—camera operation - correct use of lenses and tripod, follows 180° rule. Weight: 10%
  5. Composition—elements of mise en scène - lighting, costume, prop, framing. Weight: 10%
  6. Audio / Sound—balanced ambience, appropriate music and sound levels. Weight: 10%
  7. Editing—continuity, effects, color grading, proper use of text and transitions. Weight: 10%
  8. Pacing—immersiveness - tone fits theme of the film. Weight: 10%
  9. Originality—auteur - film is unique and interesting. Weight: 20%

*This category allows for groups of up to 3 students. Please apply as a group on one application form.*

Submission Requirements

  1. Video project must be original work.
  2. Video is expected to be submitted online (Instructions will be sent to the email address provided in the application).
  3. Production must be appropriate for educational setting. The entry can be disqualified if this is not followed.
  4. Actual video must include written credits including name(s) of students submitting the work.

Select one of the seven following categories for participation:


PSA (Public Service Announcement)

  1. Maximum of 60 seconds in duration.
  2. All graphics, i.e. names, dates, titles, and credits must be included.
  3. Identify target audience or demographic.

Commercial

  1. Maximum of 30 seconds in duration.
  2. Feature the sale of any product (e.g. car, invention, etc.) or promotion of event, show, etc.
  3. Identify target audience or demographic.

Documentary / Presentation / Instructional

  1. Maximum 10 minutes in duration.
  2. Express any theme or program, e.g. seat belt safety.
  3. Identify target audience or demographic.

Music Video

  1. Maximum 10 minutes in duration.
  2. Feature is vocal or instrumental.
  3. Can use existing music.
  4. Identify target audience or demographic.

Entertainment

  1. Maximum 10 minutes in duration.
  2. Express any area of entertainment, e.g. drama, comedy, mystery, adventure, animation.
  3. Identify target audience or demographic.

Sports/Activity

  1. Maximum 5 minutes in duration
  2. Features a personalized view into and/or participation in a recreational sport or activity
  3. Identify target audience or demographic.

News Story

  1. Maximum 1 minute and 30 seconds in duration
  2. Demonstrates strong storytelling ability
  3. Uses clear, concise, and conversational news writing
  4. Package should include B-roll, a reporter stand-up, interviews, and natural sound
  5. Identify target audience or demographic.


Black and white water droplet splash

Judging Criteria

High level of mastery-

  1. Work is Sophisticated and purposeful.
  2. Evidence of knowledge and application of the Elements and Principles are evident in the final piece.
  3. This impact of this artwork is memorable and unique.
  4. Conveys a sophisticated meaning with clear individuality and originality.
  5. Materials are used extremely well and technique is excellent.

Strong level of mastery-

  1. Attempt at sophisticated and purposeful work
  2. Some evidence of knowledge and application of the Elements and Principles are evident in the final piece.
  3. Final artwork lacks the memorable, “wow factor”
  4. Conveys a clear meaning/intent and originality, personal voice is strong.
  5. Materials are used well and technique is strong.

Moderate level of mastery-

  1.  Organized plan and piece. Good Composition, but the finished piece is not as dynamic as it could be.
  2.  Attempt at organization, although plan and piece lack overall strength and cohesion.
  3. Trite or awkward use of the Elements and Principles. 70% of the objectives are met.
  4. Meaning is implied but may be visually lost, minimal personal voice.
  5. Use of materials is limited and technique is underdeveloped.

Low level of mastery-

  1. No attempt to organize and the project is incomplete.
  2. Plagiarized, copied from another source.
  3. Disqualification
  4. Lack of knowledge of materials and techniques is not attempted.

Submission Requirements

  1. A student may submit one piece of original art.
  2. Entry should be a work completed during this academic school year.
  3. The entry must include a written artist statement securely fastened to the back of the project.
  4. Project must be suitably matted or mounted on quality board. (Clean, well-cut mats or mounted on sturdy board). Works drawn or painted on binder paper or torn paper, will not be accepted. Soft pastels and charcoal pieces may be framed for protection. Works must be sprayed as appropriate to the medium to protect the work and the work of others.
  5. Students should not submit works that directly copy subject matter, style, or content of historical works, even if it is a partial copying. Submit original work!
  6. Submission slip should be completed and securely fastened to the back of the artwork.
  7. All projects must be screened and approved by the school’s Visual Art Department before submitting to competition. Artworks not meeting the criteria will be disqualified for submission.


Colorful abstract art

Judging Criteria

High level of mastery-

  1. Work is Sophisticated and purposeful.
  2. Evidence of knowledge and application of the Elements and Principles are evident in the final piece.
  3. This impact of this artwork is memorable and unique.
  4. Conveys a sophisticated meaning with clear individuality and originality.
  5. Materials are used extremely well and technique is excellent.

Strong level of mastery-

  1. Attempt at sophisticated and purposeful work.
  2. Some evidence of knowledge and application of the Elements and Principles are evident in the final piece.
  3. Final artwork lacks the memorable, “wow factor”
  4. Conveys a clear meaning/intent and originality, personal voice is strong.
  5. Materials are used well and technique is strong.

Moderate level of mastery-

  1. Organized plan and piece. Good Composition, but the finished piece is not as dynamic as it could be.
  2. Attempt at organization, although plan and piece lack overall strength and cohesion.
  3. Trite or awkward use of the Elements and Principles. 70% of the objectives are met.
  4. Meaning is implied but may be visually lost, minimal personal voice.
  5. Use of materials is limited and technique is underdeveloped.

Low level of mastery-

  1. No attempt to organize and the project is incomplete.
  2. Plagiarized, copied from another source.
  3. Disqualification
  4. Lack of knowledge of materials and techniques is not attempted.

Submission Requirements

  1. A student may submit one piece of original art.
  2. Entry should be a work completed during this academic school year.
  3. The entry must include a written artist statement securely fastened to the back of the project.
  4. Project must be suitably matted or mounted on quality board. (Clean, well-cut mats or mounted on sturdy board). Works drawn or painted on binder paper or torn paper, will not be accepted.
    Soft pastels and charcoal pieces may be framed for protection.
    Works must be sprayed as appropriate to the medium to protect the work and the work of others.
  5. Students should not submit works that directly copy subject matter, style, or content of historical works, even if it is a partial copying. Submit original work!
  6. Submission slip should be completed and securely fastened to the back of the artwork.
  7. All projects must be screened and approved by the school’s Visual Art Department before submitting to competition. Artworks not meeting the criteria will be disqualified for submission.


Microphone on stage with lighting in background

Judging Criteria

  1. Stage presence
  2. Interpretation
  3. Voice quality
  4. Preparation (memorization of piece, lack of mistakes)

Submission Requirements

  1. Applicant will be auditioned by a panel of qualified judges.
  2. Performance must be a solo. It can be acapella or accompanied. You must provide accompaniment if needed. You may bring a CD or phone with music to be played.
  3. Piece must be a solo performance limited to 4 minutes in length. A student may submit a composition with the performance. A timekeeper will be present to assure that the program is kept on schedule.
  4. No amplifiers or microphones will be permitted.

The Vocal Music judging will take place on February 28, 2018 at San Ramon Valley High School.

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