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Community Service and Competitions

2020-2021 Service Opportunities and Competitions for GA Students

12. United Community Bank Junior Board of Directors: (Open to  RISING 11th and 12th graders)
United Community Bank’s Junior Board of Directors is an educational program made up of “outstanding” junior and senior high school students. The program is designed to expose students to areas of banking, leadership and community service.
The duties of the Junior Board of Directors are to serve as ambassadors of United Community Bank at various community functions while gaining knowledge in leadership, community services and the financial industry.  Each member is expected to attend the scheduled monthly board meetings and be involved in certain community activities.
11. Ninth Annual Kiwanis Essay Contest: The Kiwanis Club of Brunswick is holding the Ninth Annual Kiwanis Essay Contest.  This contest is open to any student of high school age, whether they be in public school, private, or home school.  The first-place winner will receive a prize of $250 and second place will receive a prize of $150. 
Essay topic: “Covid-19 has forced many students into stay at home learning.  How has this affected the way you learn and do you feel satisfied with this form of education?”
The essay must be typed and must be original. Any work that is not the student's own will be immediately disqualified.  High School submissions should have no less than two-three full pages with a text size no larger than 12.  Please submit your essay to the GA Counseling Department by 3:30 PM, Thursday, March 4, 2021.
10. (9th-12th graders) Joseph S Rumbaugh Oration Contest: If you like history and have a lot to say about the American Revolution, the Joseph S Rumbaugh Oration Contest, with prize money is for you. 
- Give a speech at least 5 minutes, no longer than 6 minutes
- Speech must deal with an event, personality, or a document pertaining to the Revolutionary War
- School Contest will be in February
- See your counselor for details
- CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP for the School Contest
9. This Girl Can Workshop: (Open to 8th and 9th-grade girls)
GICCA will be hosting a workshop for 8th and 9th grade girls (THIS GIRL CAN) to explore non-traditional careers for young women. Participants will use basic welding and machining to make one of three "make and take" projects. They will also learn about the manufacturing industry and the many career opportunities available in Glynn County. The workshop will be held on January 14, 19, and 21, 2021. Spaces are limited and registration is required by January 11.
8. THE ST. SIMONS ROTARY CLUB SPEECH CONTEST: (Open to all high school students)
Glynn Academy students are encouraged to participate in the St. Simons Rotary Club Speech Contest.  This is a great opportunity to win cash prizes and scholarship funds for college.  ALL grade levels are encouraged to enter. 
Sign up to participate in the GA Counseling Office (CLICK HERE) by the end of the day December 17, 2020. Students will need to write a speech and deliver it in the school competition on January 12, 2021.
THEME: "Rotary Opens Opportunities" Or "The Rotary 4-way Test"
Students are expected to research the Rotary’s history, philosophy, and outreach programs to prepare their speeches for this competition.
5. Profile of Courage National Essay Contest: (Open to All high school students)
National Essay contest where students write about an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. DEADLINE 1/15/2021
7. Y TEEN ACHIEVERS: (This is a new program) The goal of the YMCA Teen Achievers Program is to educate and expose interested teenagers to various career and business industries. We strive to promote and encourage students to further their education to post-secondary institutions. The program uses adult mentors who have achieved success in the professional world as positive role models for students. DEADLINE: 11/30/2020
6. Sons of American Revolution Essay Contest: (Open to all high school students)
The SAR invites all high school students interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. Submit an original 800-1200 word essay based on an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the US Constitution. (Click here for more information) DEADLINE 11/10/2020
4. VFW Voice Of Democracy Audio Essay Competition: (Open to all high school students)
Patriotic Audio Essay Competition: Grand Prize $30,000. 2020-2021 Theme “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?”
DEADLINE 10/31/2020
The Prudential Spirit of Community Award is sponsored by Prudential and NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). Awards are offered at the local, state, and national levels and recognize students in middle and high school who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.
2. State Superintendent 20-21 Student Advisory Council: (Open to all high school students)
State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking high school students to serve on his 2020-21 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education, and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools.

“Now more than ever, it is essential for me to hear directly from students about their educational experience and the impact of state policy decisions on the classroom,” Superintendent Woods said. “My Student Advisory Council has been an invaluable resource in the past and has allowed me to learn from the perspectives of students across our state. I look forward to meeting with the 2020-21 Council soon.”

Selected students will be contacted via email. All students may visit on October 15, 2020, at 10 a.m.


1. Youth Leadership Glynn: (Open to 10th and 11th graders)
The Youth Leadership Glynn program is in its 21st year of sponsorship by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. This program is designed to prepare and educate our emerging young leaders on community issues while furthering their knowledge of Brunswick and Glynn County.

The program is offered to select high school students with strong leadership potential and is designed to:
• Present in-depth programs that will acquaint students with community needs and resources and provide
interaction with community leaders and decision makers.
• Develop an understanding of leadership qualities, team building skills and community service.
• Provide opportunities for students to develop a level of mutual respect and trust.
See student packet and application for program requirements.