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The search is on to find our top youth volunteer.  If you are selected, you
could receive $1000, an impressive silver medallion, and a trip to
Washington, DC.  If you feel you’ve made a positive difference through a
volunteer activity during the past year, visit
http://spirit.prudential.comto apply.  The deadline is November 1.
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*Istanbul Center Art, Essay, and Science Competitions*

Once again, one of our strongest international partners, the Istanbul
Center, is sponsoring the very generous *Art Contest and Essay Contest*
This year's theme is *"On Billion Hungry in the World. What's your Role."*

I'd also like to take this opportunity to include information on the
Istanbul Center's *International Environmental Project Olympiad
(INEPO)*competition:
This year's theme is *"Creating a Sustainable Environment."*

The contest is open to all Middle and High School students in Georgia, and
some of the wonderful prizes (including the fabulous trip to Turkey) are
awarded to the student, her/his sponsoring teacher, and your district's
Superintendent!

Over the past years, this program has been growing exponentially, and the
Istanbul Center has worked diligently to align the theme and activities to
the GPS - allowing for potential alignment with every subject area! Please
see below for posters, fliers, and awards descriptions.

*The links below include*:
-Program flyers for your classroom
-Teacher invitation letters
-Rubrics
-Program Rules
-Details of Awards

1) *Global Connections Art Contest*- Top-placing students and their
sponsoring teachers will win 10-day trips to Turkey in summer 2012. The
Contest is co-curricular and sponsored by the Georgia Department of
Education. This year's theme is "1 Billion Hungry in the World: What's Your
Role?" More details attached and online at www.artessay.org.

2) *Global Connections Essay Contest*- Top-placing students and their
sponsoring teachers will win 10-day trips to Turkey in summer 2012. The
Contest is co-curricular and sponsored by the Georgia Department of
Education. This year's theme is "1 Billion Hungry in the World: What's Your
Role?" More details attached and online at www.artessay.org.

3) *International Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO)-* This Contest,
avaiable for the 2nd time to Georgia students, welcomes science fair
projects related to environemal issues. Winners will go on to the
international-level competition in Istanbul along with their sponsoring
teachers. More details attached and online at www.inepousa.org
We look forward to another incredible year of critical thinking and
global-mindedness in Georgia education!

Additional Prizes include:

*Art Contest Statewide Awards *
These are the awards for each category (Middle and High):
*** 1**st **Place: *Trip to Turkey (**All-Expenses-Paid except for
international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student,
sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent) plus a $200 gift
card (Teacher will get $100)
***2**nd **Place: *Trip to Turkey (**All-Expenses-Paid except for
international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student,
sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent) plus a $150 gift
card (Teacher will get $75)
***3**rd **Place: *Trip to Turkey (**All-Expenses-Paid except for
international airfare to Istanbul, Turkey for the student, sponsoring
teacher and their local district superintendent) plus a $100 gift card
(Teacher will get $50)
*4**th **Place: *$75 gift card (Teacher will get $50)
*5**th **Place: *$50 gift card (Teacher will get $25)
*6**th **through 10**th **Places: *$25 gift card (both students and
teachers)
- *Art Contest Southeastern Awards: *

These are the awards for each category (Middle and High):
**1**st **Place: *All-Expenses-Paid Trip to Turkey for 10 days for the
student, sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent
***2**nd **Place: *Trip to Turkey (**All-Expenses-Paid except for
international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student,
sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent) plus a $300 gift
card (Teacher will get $150)
***3**rd **Place: *Trip to Turkey (**All-Expenses-Paid except for
international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student,
sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent) plus a $200 gift
card (Teacher will get $100)
*4**th **Place: *$150 gift card (Teacher will get $75)
*5**th **Place: *$100 gift card (Teacher will get $50)
*6**th **through 10**th **Places: *$100 gift card (Teacher will get $50)
- *Essay Contest Statewide Awards *

These are the awards for each category (Middle and High):
***1**st **Place: *Trip to Turkey (****All-Expenses-Paid except for
international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student,
sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent) plus a $200 gift
card (Teacher will get $100)
***2**nd **Place: *Trip to Turkey (****All-Expenses-Paid except for
international airfare to and from Istanbul, Turkey for the student,
sponsoring teacher and their local district superintendent) plus a $150 gift
card (Teacher will get $75)
***3**rd **Place: *Trip to Turkey (****All-Expenses-Paid except for
international airfare to Istanbul, Turkey for the student, sponsoring
teacher and their local district superintendent) plus a $100 gift card
(Teacher will get $50)
*4**th **Place: *$75 gift card (Teacher will get $50)
*5**th **Place: *$50 gift card (Teacher will get $25)
*6**th **through 10**th **Places: *$25 gift card (both students and
teachers)