Annual Student Video Contest – The Power and Potential of Public Education

We’re asking high school students to express their thoughts and ideas about the power and potential of public education through the 5th annual student video contest. Public high schools students are invited to submit a 60-second video that conveys the contest theme and best illustrates the dreams and ambitions of students and how their public school community supports them. Be creative!

The top three videos will win cash prizes for their respective schools. The first-place video will be posted on MSBA’s YouTube site and will be featured at the 2017 Annual Conference sponsored by MSBA in cooperation with the Missouri Association of School Administrators this coming October.

The contest is open to MSBA member-district high schools students. An individual student may produce the contest entry or students may work in teams.

Videos will be judged on how well they address the topic and relate to the theme, The Power and Potential of Public Education, as well as the quality of the production and the creativity of the video. No professional assistance can be provided to produce the video. The format of the video is up to the students. Videos can be in the form of a public service announcement, news story, music video, or others.

Submission Guidelines
To enter the contest, complete the three steps below. Submission must be received at the email address below or at the MSBA mailing address by 11:59pm ET on Friday, September 15, 2017. Once the contest closes, our judges will select the top 3 videos. By submitting a video, you understand that the use of the submission is completely at the discretion of MSBA.

Step 1: Make a video!
Make a video about the contest theme, The Power and Potential of Public Schools. It should

  • Be no more than 60 seconds.
  • Tell us your story about the value of public schools.

Step 2: Upload your video to the Internet or mail a DVD
Upload your video to your video sharing site such as your YouTube account. If you have a Google account, you have a YouTube account. Don’t have a Google account? Sign up at

Step 3: Submit your video by September 15.
Email with the following:

  • Your name, school name and school district
  • The URL of your uploaded video
  • Entry form – if submitting forms electronically, attach to your email; otherwise, mail your forms to MSBA Student Video Contest, 2100 I-70 Drive Southwest, Columbia, MO 65203. Form must be received by September 15 for video to be included in judging.

See past winners at the MSBA YouTube Channel.

The first-place video, as determined by the judges, will be shown during the Third General Session of the 2017 MSBA Annual Conference that will be held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday, October 7. First, second and third place winners will be awarded. Prize money will be awarded to the winning schools as follows:

First Place—$1,000
Second Place—$500
Third Place—$250

Judging will be done by media and education professionals.

For more information on the MSBA Student Video Contest contact:
Brent Ghan
Deputy Executive Director
Missouri School Boards’ Association
573-445-9920, ex. 376

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