Briefly In Education

October 07, 2010
  • Laguna Beach students getting ready for Thursday's dodgeball tournament, sponsored by SchoolPower.
Laguna Beach students getting ready for Thursday's… (Coastline Pilot )

Last chance to sign up for dodgeball

SchoolPower will host a special fundraising tournament on Thursday, when adult and child divisions will vie for the title of Dodgeball Champion in the two Laguna Beach High School gymnasiums.

The competition — broken into adult/high school, middle school, and fourth- and fifth-grade divisions —will be played not only for bragging rights and trophies, but a chance to win some cash for a school organization of their choice.

Winners of the adult division will designate $500, and kid divisions $100, to any Laguna Beach school group they wish. That means a department or sports team has a lot to gain by entering their own team.

The deadline for team entries is at midnight today. Teams consist of 6 to 10 players; uniforms are required, but any uniform of the team's choice is permitted.


Sign-up cost for adults is $30, $10 for kids. To register, visit Alvaro's authentic, fresh-grilled taco meals are also available for pre-order online for $10. Spectators are free.


National essay contest opens

High school students and teachers from across the country are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money and a trip to the nation's capital in the Bill of Rights Institute's fifth annual "Being an American" essay contest.

Attracting more than 50,000 essays last year and awarding 180 students and teachers with cash prizes, the contest explores the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

"This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important civic values communicated in our Founding documents, and embodied by American civic heroes," said Dr. Jason Ross, vice president of the Bill of Rights Institute Education Programs. "This context is vital to helping students see their own acts of good citizenship as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government."

Students are asked to share their thoughts on American citizenship by answering the following question: "What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?"

The top three student winners and their teachers from each of the nine geographical regions will be announced at a special Washington, D.C. Awards Gala in the spring of 2011, where they will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000 (first place); $1,000 (second place); and $500 (third place).

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