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2018 Student Writing Contest Official Contest Rules and FAQ

 

 

Official Contest Rules

The Council for Economic Education is holding a writing contest asking students in kindergarten through 12th grade, via their teachers, for the best economic advice they can give our current President (POTUS). Teachers should prompt students to answer the question “What Should the President Do to Improve the Economy?” in writing using 50 words or less.

Official Rules – Writing Contest for Teachers

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL U.S. RESIDENTS CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES. VOID ELSEWHERE AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.SEE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS.

1. Overview

The Council for Economic Education (“CEE”), the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school, will conduct a writing contest for K-12 classroom teachers and their students.

2. Description of the Contest

The CEE Writing Contest for Teachers (“Contest”) is a contest whereby teachers are invited to submit on behalf of their students a written response of 50 words or less answering the question, “What should the President do to improve the economy?”(see Writing Requirements below). Three winners will be chosen by one or more economists selected as judges by CEE (“Economists’ Choice Winner”). A total of one winning submission will be selected for each of the three grade ranges: K-4; 5-8; 9-12.

3. Sponsor

The Contest is sponsored by CEE.

4. Binding Agreement

Participants in the Contest agree to the Official Rules (“Rules”). THEREFORE, ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD READ THESE RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING THE CONTEST TO MAKE SURE THE PARTICIPANT UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES TO THEM. If a Participant submits a written document to enter the Contest, all of the Participant(s) who authored the writing will be deemed to have consented and agreed to the Rules. Participants may not submit written documents to the Contest and are not eligible to receive either of the Prizes unless they agree to the Rules. The Rules are a binding legal agreement between Participants and CEE with respect to the Contest.

5. Eligibility

The Contest is open to those K-12 classroom teachers who are legal U.S. residents currently living in the United States and are eighteen years or older as of August 31, 2018 (“Teacher Participants”) and their students (“Student Participants” and together with Teacher Participants, the “Participants”) who have agreed to the Rules. Written documents must be submitted by Teacher Participants. Teacher Participants must agree to the Rules by checking the box marked “I agree” at the end of the online submission process. By clicking “I agree”, Teacher Participants certify that they are signing on behalf of themselves and on behalf of any Student Participants involved in the creation of the relevant document, and further that if any Student Participants involved are under eighteen years old as of August 31, 2018, the Teacher Participants have obtained permission from the Student Participants’ parents or legal guardians that such Student Participants may participate in the Contest. The following individuals are not eligible to enter the Contest: members of CEE and CEE employees, and members of their “immediate families,” namely, any parent, child, sibling and spouse of any Contest Party, and those living in the same household of any immediate family member.

6. Writing Submission Period

The “Writing Submission Period” begins at 9:00 a.m. EST on Monday, August 27, 2018 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 1, 2018 (“Contest Period”). All written submissions in PDF and or Word doc format must be received during the Writing Contest Submission Period.

Submissions received after the Writing Submission Period are automatically disqualified. As submissions are received by CEE, they will be examined by the CEE Review Board to determine if they are consistent with the Writing Requirements and suitable to be seen by all ages. Entries that pass the Review Board will be posted on the CEE Writing Contest Gallery Page after the Writing Submission Period has ended.

7. Submission of Entries 

To enter the Contest, Participants must:

  • Write a response of 50 words or less meeting the criteria in Section 9 of the Entries that are judged as improper, insensitive, or otherwise inappropriate to the Contest, in the sole discretion of the CEE Review Board, will be disqualified.
  • Complete the Entry The Entry Form must be completed by the Teacher Participant.
  • Submit the written response through the CEE submission page by uploading a PDF or word document..
  • Agree to the Teacher Participants must check the box marked “I agree” at the end of the online submission process. By clicking “I agree”, Teacher Participants certify that they are signing on behalf of themselves and on behalf of any Student Participants involved in the creation of the relevant writing submission, and further that if any Student Participants involved are under eighteen years old as of August 31, 2018, such Teacher Participants have obtained permission from the Student Participants’ parents or legal guardians that the Student Participants may participate in the Contest.
  • Written submissions must be submitted by Teacher Each Teacher Participant may enter an unlimited number of documents.

8. Writing Requirements

 The writing submission MUST BE 50 words or less in length. The CEE Review Board reserves the right to disqualify any written submission that in its sole judgment is greater than 50 words. The written document must directly address the question, “What should the President do to improve the economy?” All written documents must be submitted in English and in one of the following formats: PDF, Word, Jpeg, tiff, png,. A completed and submitted document is final and may not be modified or edited further and becomes property of the CEE Review Board.

By submitting an entry, each Participant agrees to the Rules of the contest.

9. Judging

  • During the first round of judging, the CEE Review Board will examine each written submission before it is posted to the CEE Writing Contest page to determine if its content is consistent with the Requirements and suitable to be seen by all The CEE Review Board will consist of representatives from CEE. Each written submission will be judged on a “Pass” or “Fail” basis. A written submission that passes the CEE Review Board will be entered into the second round of judging. A written submission that fails the CEE Review Board will NOT be entered into the second round of judging. All decisions of the CEE Review Board are final, binding, and non-appealable.
  • 2nd Round of Judging: The Economists’ Choice round of judging will consist of one or more economists selected by CEE choosing the written submission from among the “Pass” submissions that they feel most effectively presents the best idea for the president to improve the Three (3) Economists’ Choice Winner will be selected; one winner for each grade band: K-4; 5-8; 9-12. In the event of a tie or a technical or other failure that prevents the Economists’ Choice Winner from being determined, the CEE Review Board will select the Economists’ Choice Winner. CEE reserves the right to override the economists’ selection. The Economists’ Choice Winners will be notified directly via email to the sponsoring teacher and the Economists’ Choice Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

10. Prizes

  • Economists’ Choice Prizes: The Teacher Participants that submitted the Economists’ Choice Winner will receive a $500 American Express gift card for classroom use and a bag filled with CEE Printed Economic Resources and CEE branded products such as a water bottle. Students who wrote the Economists’ Choice Winner will each receive a $50 AMEX gift The winning written submission will be featured at CEE’s Visionary Awards gala on October 24, 2018 and other events and posted on CEE websites and Facebook pages.
  • THE RETAIL VALUE OF ALL PRIZES IN THE CONTEST IS APPROXIMATELY: $1,950

11. Representations, Warranties, and Covenants of Participant(s)

As conditions of entry into the Contest and by entering a written document, with respect to each such document, the Teacher Participants and Student Participants warrant and represent that:

THEY OWN ALL RIGHTS TO THE ENTERED DOCUMENT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THAT THEY HAVE OBTAINED PERMISSION FROM EACH PERSON WHO APPEARS TO HAVE AUTHORED THE WRITTEN COPY, OR IN THE CASES OF MINORS, THE MINORS’ PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS, TO GRANT THE RIGHTS TO CEE DESCRIBED IN THE RULES; AND  THE WRITTEN DOCUMENT: (a) WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED BY THE PARTICIPANTS; (b) DOES NOT INFRINGE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, CONTRACT, PRIVACY, MORAL, PUBLICITY, OR OTHER RIGHT OF ANY OTHER PERSON, (c) DOES NOT VIOLATE ANY LAW, REGULATION, OR NETWORK STANDARD; (d) HAS NOT BEEN ENTERED IN ANY OTHER CONTEST; AND (e) HAS NOT BEEN PUBLISHED PREVIOUSLY IN ANY MEDIUM.

In addition, each Participant:

  • Hereby unconditionally and irrevocably grants to CEE, an irrevocable, world-wide, fully paid-up, non-exclusive, sublicenseable license in the submitted documents and its Without limiting its rights, CEE may reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, distribute, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, create derivative works of (as such term in defined under U.S. Copyright Law, 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.), exhibit, and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), the document and the name, address, image, voice, likeness, statements, biographical material of Teacher Participants related to the document, (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by CEE, in CEE’s sole discretion), as well as any additional photographic images, portraits, interviews or other materials relating to each Teacher Participant or the document and arising out of his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Participant’s name) (collectively, the “Additional Materials”) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from the Teacher Participant or any other person. The foregoing rights are, collectively, the “License”.
  • Forever waives all right of privacy, right of publicity, intellectual property rights, and all other legal or moral rights that may preclude the CEE’s use of the document or Additional Materials in accordance with the License, or would require the Participant’s permission for CEE to use them for any purpose, and agrees never to sue or assert any claim against CEE, its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents, licensees, or anyone else’s use of the Video and/or the Additional Materials pursuant to the
  • Hereby releases and shall indemnify and hold CEE, and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees and their respective officers, directors, agents, co-branders, and other partners, and any of their employees and agents (collectively, the “Indemnitees”) harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees, whether incurred as the result of a third party claim or a claim to enforce the Rules), costs, and liabilities (including settlements) brought or asserted by any third party against any Indemnitee(s) due to or arising directly or indirectly out of: (i) the document or Additional Materials; (ii) Participant’s conduct during and in connection with the Contest, including, but not limited to, infringement or misappropriation of any intellectual property rights or violation of any right of publicity or privacy, defamation, or other improper conduct; (iii) any claim(s) that any commercial, advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of any Indemnitee infringes on the rights of Participant’s work as contained in any submission or any other right of

12. General Conditions

All Teacher Participants must have a valid e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address. The winning Participants are solely responsible for any taxes due on the Prizes. No substitute prizes are offered except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prizes are non-transferable. By participating, Participants agree to the Rules and the interpretation of the Rules by the Review Board, whose interpretation is final, binding, and non-appealable in all respects; and the Privacy Policy located at http://www.councilforeconed.org/general-information/privacy-policy/.

Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. No submissions or other materials will be returned. The CEE Review Board may, in its sole discretion, remove, delete and/or disqualify any submission deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise noncompliant. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including without limitation, infection by computer virus, software bug, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, unsatisfactory submissions, or any other cause which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest in the CEE Review Board’s sole judgment, the CEE Review Board reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify, or terminate the Contest. Further, the CEE Review Board reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any Participant or other individual who the CEE Review Board determines: (a) tampered or attempted to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (b) violated any Rule; or (c) acted in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse,   threaten or harass any other person. The Contest is governed by the laws of the State of New York. Any dispute which cannot be amicably resolved regarding the Contest, including any document, shall be resolved in the federal or state courts located in New York County, New York, and Participant and anyone claiming through Participant hereby consents to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of such courts in such event.

13. Privacy 

Participant agrees that personally identifying information (“PII”) of the Teacher Participant, including, but not limited to, name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, may be collected, processed, stored and otherwise used for the purposes of conducting and administering the Contest as the CEE Review Board deems proper. Further, PII may also be used by the CEE Review Board or CEE to verify a Participant’s identity, communication address, and telephone number. If a Participant does not complete the Entry Form, that Participant’s Submission will be disqualified. All PII provided will be maintained in accordance with CEE’s Privacy Policy located at http://www.councilforeconed.org/, which Participant should read and understand. Any information a Participant provides by entering the Contest, including PII, is provided to CEE.

FAQ 

Who is eligible to submit the written entries? 

Any K-12 teacher may submit the written  document on behalf of his or her students.

What are the requirements for the writing contest?

Written response should answer the question “What Should the President Do to Improve the Economy?” in 50 words or less. Document(s) submitted must be in PDF, Word, Jpeg, Tiff or Png file.  Teachers, you may download a PDF template (optional) that your students can use to write their response to the Contest question.

When are writing entries due? 

All entries are due for submission by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 1, 2018.

How many submissions can each teacher submit? 

A teacher may submit as many submissions as they’d like as along as each submission adheres to the requested format

Can more than one student be an author of the written submission?

Each submission can only be written by one (1) student.

What is the best way to communicate to parents about this contest?

We have a description of the contest that you can adapt to send to parents, available here. Or you can write your own and share it with parents to make sure they allow their children to participate and their written submission can be viewed on CEE’s Writing Contest Gallery page.

What happens once the document is submitted? 

CEE will review all written documents submitted to make sure that content is appropriate. At 2:00 p.m. on October 17, 2018 we’ll post all approved submission to our Contest Gallery page.

How many winners will there be and when will they be announced?

There will be three (3) winners: for the Economist’s Choice; one winner will be chosen in each of the following grade bands: K-4; 5-8; 9-12. All three winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

What are the prizes for the winners? 

Each student participating in the writing of the Economists’ Choice winner will receive a $50 AMEX gift certificates. Teachers submitting the winning Economists’ Choice written submission will each receive $500 AMEX gift certificates for classroom use and a bag filled with CEE printed Economic Resources and CEE branded products such as a water bottle.