NCCDA Poetry & Poster Contest

54th Annual Poetry & Art Contest

The National Career Development Association is hosting the 54th Annual Poetry & Art Contest in celebration of National Career Development Month in November. Every adult and student enrolled in public, private, and parochial schools, and colleges are eligible. During the month of November, schools from across the state hold local, school, and district wide contests to celebrate National Career Development Month.

Local winning entries in poetry, original art, and mixed media art are sent to the State Contest, hosted by the North Carolina Career Development Association. State winners move on to the National Contest.  North Carolina has had many national winners in the past. We hope to have even more this year.

The theme for this year’s contest is “My Inspiring Future Career”.  We are looking forward to receiving entries for the contest from individuals, schools, and colleges. For additional information, resources, and ideas on how to celebrate National Career Development Month, please click here for more NCDA contest details.

Below are the State contest deadlines.  Please be mindful of the deadlines. Note all entries must go through either a school, local, district, or county contest.

State Contest Timeline and Deadlines:

  • October-November  – Advertise and hold local, district, and/or county contests
  • November-December  – Announce school or local winners (1st-3rd place); send to county or district wide contest by December 20, if applicable
  • By January 20 – Send 1st-3rd place county-wide or district wide winning entries to Amy Willard, 1227 Old Mill Road, Pinnacle, NC 27043
  • If you do not have a county or district wide contest, then school or local winners need to be sent by January 20 date as well
  • February/March 2020 – State winners will be notified (1st prize – $50, 2nd prize – $25, 3rd prize – $10; all winners receive a certificate)
  • April 2020 – National winners will be posted
  • June 2020 National winners work is displayed and recognized at NCDA 2020 Conference in Minneapolis, MN (June 30 – July 2, 2020)

Thank you for your help in making this a successful contest for the state of NC.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Amy Schroeder- amy.schroeder@dpi.nc.gov
Amy Willard – awillard@wfu.edu
Co-Chairs NCCDA Poetry and Art Contest and National Career Development Month

2018-2019 Poetry & Art Contest State Winners

Theme:  Using Career to Break Barriers, Empower Lives & Achieve Equity

Congratulations winners, and thanks to all who participated!

Poetry

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
1st place: Caylin McCauley, Franklin County Schools

Middle (Grades 6-8)
1st place: Ralph Phillips, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy
2nd place: Lillian Sebastian, Kings Creek School
3rd place: Courtney Lucas, Franklin County Schools

Senior (Grades 9-12)
1st place: Haley Lewis, South Lenoir High School
2nd place: Jnyah Kee, Shelby High School
3rd place: Bethany Easler, Crest High School

Adult Student (Age 18+ enrolled in school)
1st place: James Upchurch, Wake Technical Community College
2nd place: Sonya Jordan, Wilkes Community College
3rd place: Emma Kate Creech, Wake Technical Community College

Art

Category 1 : Standard use of ink, pencil, poster paints, magic
marker, acrylics, and oils.

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
1st place: Zoey Beaver, Franklin County Schools

Middle (Grades 6-8)
1st place: Rylee Carter, Collettsville Middle School
2nd place:  Roland Brogden, Franklin County Schools
3rd place: Norah Cool, Collettsville Middle School

Senior (Grades 9-12)
1st place: Charles Brownlee, Shelby High School
2nd place: Jania Camp, Shelby High School
3rd place: JaQuanna McClain, South Lenoir High School

Adult Student (Age 18+ enrolled in school)
1st place: Talon McMillan, Full Sail University

Category 2 : Use of photos, clipart, graphic art software,
collage, cut and pasted paper, and mixed media.

Middle (Grades 6-8)
1st place: Morgan Hayman, Manteo Middle School
2nd place: Piper Allison, First Flight Middle School
3rd place: Collin Harris, First Flight Middle School

Senior (Grades 9-12)
1st place: Carolina Grajales, Shelby High School
2nd place: Madison Biddix, Shelby High School
3rd place: Savannah Burns, Shelby High School

Adult Student (Age 18+ enrolled in school)
1st place: Cameron Brown, Wake Tech Community College
2nd place: Elizabeth Shulman, Wake Tech Community College
3rd place: Maggie Baker, Wake Tech Community College

Open Adult Student (Age 18+ not enrolled in school)
1st place: Ronda Branch, Shelby High School
2nd place: Penny Clontz, Crest High School