Education in Action’s 2014 Spring Call for Outstanding Student Nominations

Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders to join delegations of distinguished students at the Lone Star Leadership Academy, a weeklong, TEKS-based, experiential leadership development program to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston during spring break or summer.  The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides opportunities for students to experience grade level curriculum during visits to historically, politically, scientifically, and environmentally significant sites with a focus on leadership throughout.  Participants must be in 4th-8th grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, be active in school and/or community activities, and receive an educator nomination based on demonstrated leadership ability.  There is no limit to the number of students you may nominate as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.  For more information, visit or call 817-562-4957.

Nominations may be made online at


(Nominated students receive a certificate of teacher recognition from Education in Action.)

Spring/Final Nomination Deadline:  Friday, February 7, 2014


(To thank the educators for their time, their names will be included in a monthly drawing for a Starbucks gift card for every ten eligible students nominated.)

Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities. 



2014 Genocide Awareness & Prevention Month Video Contest

The world is too dangerous to live in – not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen.

—Albert Einstein

Theme: I Was a Bystander

We all like to think that we are not going to be bystanders; but in reality, there have been times when we have come face to face with a situation or incident where we witnessed seriously hurtful and inappropriate behavior toward another human being and we stayed silent, walked away, and did nothing.

Recalling one such occasion, create an original 1 to 2½ minute video that depicts the situation you confronted, what you think you would have done differently, and what the consequences might have been.

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) is dedicated to educating Texas residents about the Holocaust and other genocides. Genocides do not happen overnight; they start with confrontations that set others, the VICTIMS, apart, as somehow being a threat to our well-being, and are generally unprovoked.

Create an original 1 to 2 1/2 minute video for Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, commemorated April 2014. All submissions are due by March 14, 2014.

Scholarship Prizes

Two grade categories – Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12

Gold Key $375

Silver Key $200

Bronze Key $125

Teachers of Gold Key winners in each category will receive $100 for class supplies. Entrants must attend a Texas school.

Link to Contest Flyer 


“A President’s Vision” Poster Contest

Humanities Texas developed A President’s Vision to highlight the aspirations of notable U.S. presidents and the programs and initiatives that advanced each man’s vision. The seven posters include: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Johnson and Reagan. Humanities Texas sent a complete set of these posters to the librarian at every accredited secondary school in the state, and to every public library in the state.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Humanities Texas will hold a contest for students to design their own President’s Vision poster. Each student’s poster should identify the “presidential vision” of a U.S. president and use explanatory text and primary sources to illustrate how that president pursued that vision during his term(s). Any Texas student in grades 6-12 may enter the competition.

Ten winners will be selected from the middle school category (grades 6-8), and ten winners will be selected from the high school category (grades 9-12). In each category Humanities Texas will present three first-place prizes of $500, two second-place prizes of $250, and five third-place prizes of $100.

Humanities Texas feels this is a great opportunity for students to be mini-historians and research and develop a poster that reflects the vision of any U.S. president.

Please see our website: for more information or you can contact me at or I have attached a flyer of the contest for you to share with your teachers or to advertise on your social media networks.

2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest

In pursuit of its mission to promote the history of the United States Congress and American representative government, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society announces its 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. Help us spread the word about a fun, educational contest that promotes better understanding about the importance of citizenship. You could ask your students to enter, link to our website ( or blog (, forward this email, post about the contest on Twitter or Facebook, and fill in as many educators as you can.

The nationwide contest is open to all students in two categories: a junior division contest for students in grades 6-8 and a senior division contest for students in grades 9-12.

Three prizes will be awarded in each division:

  • a first place prize of $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC to accept the prize,
  • a second place prize of $500,
  • a third place prize of $250.
  • The schools of the two first place winners will also receive a $1,000 cash award.

“We are proud to offer talented students the opportunity to showcase their thoughtful perspectives about what it means to be an American citizen today,” said Ronald Sarasin, President of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. “We hope our contest will be a catalyst for an important national discussion about democracy, citizenship and our collective responsibilities as Americans.”

The subject of the 2013 contest is: The rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  Students should consider the rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution and the corresponding duties that citizens owe to implement and protect those rights for themselves and for others.  How do these rights and responsibilities affect you and your family?  Why is it important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities?

Complete information on the contest, including contest rules and entry forms, can be found at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s website:

The 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest is made possible by a grant from Express Scripts.

 The U.S. Capitol Historical Society is a congressionally chartered non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded in 1962. Its mission is to inform the public about the rich heritage of the Capitol and the Congress.