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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):
** 1st 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)
**2nd 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)
**3rd 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)
4th Place: $75 gift card (Teacher will get $50)
5th Place: $50 gift card (Teacher will get $25)
6th through 10th Places: $25 gift card (both students and teachers)
- Art Contest Southeastern Awards:

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

These are the awards for each category (Middle and High):
**1st 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)
**2nd 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)
**3rd 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)
4th Place: $75 gift card (Teacher will get $50)
5th Place: $50 gift card (Teacher will get $25)
6th through 10th Places: $25 gift card (both students and teachers)