The Home School Court Report
No. 5

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by Emily Alianello
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HSLDA Contests 2007-2008

Home School Legal Defense Association is making some changes for our next contest season! We are announcing all four contests at once. Although submissions for each contest will only be accepted during the dates specified on our website, students can now spend more time working on their entries.

Please visit our contest web page for contest deadlines, rules, and more information. You will also find that the page has been revamped to include suggestions from past judges on how to give your piece that final tweak that could make the difference in the final round of judging.

We have been thrilled with the creativity and skill displayed in these contests in the past. However, HSLDA would like to help make these contests even more of an educational experience.

Because students will now have a longer time period to work on their entries, we hope they can spend more of that time studying the art form showcased by each contest. Additionally, we have chosen themes that we hope will be thought-provoking and provide room for further study. These contests could be a great launching pad for unit studies by groups or individual families. Study the theme or form together and have each student submit a creative piece at the end of the study-whether they plan to enter the HSLDA contest or not.

All four of our contests are now divided into three age categories. Please encourage younger children to participate—their creativity is often inspired by challenges such as this.

We are excited to see your response to the new themes, and we hope you enjoy exploring them!

2007 Poetry and Photo Contest Results

by Cherise Ryan

A mere three words can spark hundreds of ideas and images. This was proven in Home School Legal Defense Association’s recent photo and poetry contests.

For the 2007 contests, students were given three words, “Side by Side” (Category 1) and “Between the Lines” (Category 2), and challenged to create photographs or poems on these themes. Poetry entries numbered 127, and photo entries totaled 426-participants ranged in age from 9 to 18.

“I was extremely impressed with the caliber of entries,” said one judge. “As I judged, I kept thinking to myself, ‘The homeschool community has an incredible talent pool!’”

These students also proved that you’re never too young to use your talent to help others. Proceeds from both contests will go to the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Children’s Fund to help homeschooling families with the expenses of private special educational services.

To read more winning poems and view the finalist photos, or to get information on upcoming contests, visit our contest web page

About the author

Cherise Ryan is administrative assistant to the executive director of HSF.