Who can enter?
Only currently enrolled high school students (grades 9 to 12) in Clark County, Nevada, can submit entries for consideration. Participants under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian consent before submitting entries. Please see the downloadable Student Release and Waiver form for more information.
How do I submit a video?
- Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo using the following title format for your video: -[Unique Video title] – #spiritofnevada-Example: Online Safety – #spiritofnevada
- Fill out the necessary forms, Consent to Broadcast and Student Release Waiver forms.
- Register for the scholarship by filling out the online registration form and include Consent to Broadcast and Student Release Waiver forms and any other required information/forms OR deliver your entry to Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm at 801 South 4th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, during regular business hours, making sure to have all required submission forms and your entry with you.
- If your entry is a video, once we receive the link to your video and your completed forms, we’ll add your entry to the Spirit of Nevada Website.
- You will receive a confirmation email with a link to your unique video page.
How will entries be judged? Who will judge?
Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the media and broadcast industry, who will judge on students’ abilities to address the Spirit of Nevada theme. Judges will look at Content, Persuasiveness, Creativity, Production/Presentation and Awareness.
- Content: Content is original, accurate, and interesting. Topic is well-addressed.
- Persuasiveness: Entry covers the topic with details and/or examples. Presentation is realistic and compelling.
- Creativity: Entry shows original and creative ideas. Production/Presentation: The message is conveyed through appropriate tone and/or voice. (For videos: The recording is clear. All elements coincide with the entry’s message. Entry has excellent use of setting, light, color, graphics, effects, sounds, etc.)
- Awareness: The entry raises awareness to the public. For video submissions, the judges will partially determine Awareness by the number of views, share, like, pluses, etc., the video receives on YouTube/Vimeo and unique video page on the studentswithacause.org website.
How will the winners be announced?
The winning entries will be chosen by Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm and be notified and featured on the law firm website and scholarship website.
Can participants use other people’s material?
Entries must contain all original material (including music, images, etc.) or material in the public domain. No trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise branded materials, logos, products, etc., may be used without express written permission from the owner, business, and/or organization. This can include logos on t-shirts, trademarked brands on products, etc. If entries contain copyrighted, branded, and/or trademarked materials without proper permission, those entries will be disqualified.
Can I use real-life experiences?
Yes, Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm encourages people to share their true stories. Depending on the nature of the entry, students may be asked to submit additional waivers that give express permission to use photographs, names, and/or other pertinent material in the entry. Completed Student Release Forms must be turned in with entries, if applicable. All participants must knowingly agree to appear in entries and must complete and sign any required Student Release Forms.
What are the prizes?
There will be one $1,000 scholarship (per category) awarded to the student with the best entry in each category. The four categories are video, work of art, short story or poem, and original song or musical production. In addition, $500 will be awarded to the school of each winning student.
Does it cost anything to enter?
There is no charge for submitting an entry.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes. Participants may submit up to two entries.
Can entries be disqualified?
Entries will be disqualified if they contain vulgar or inappropriate content; are not turned in with all proper paperwork; or use of copyrighted material. Remember, video and musical entries must not exceed 7 minutes in length.
No trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise branded materials, logos, products, etc., may be used without express written permission from the owner, business, and/or organization. This can include logos on t-shirts, trademarked brands on products, etc. If entries contain copyrighted, branded, and/or trademarked materials without proper permission, those entries will be disqualified. Completed Student Release Forms must be turned in with entries if applicable. All participants must knowingly agree to appear in entries and must complete and sign any required Student Release Forms.
Can adults assist in production?
Adults may assist with production, but they are limited to only verbal guidance. Adults are allowed to be actors, but not content contributors.
How many students can work on one entry?
There is no limit on the number of students who can work on a PSA. The PSA must be entered under one name, or group of participant names and there will only be one prize awarded for the winning entry. Participants can choose to divide the prize on their own terms, if applicable.
What is the deadline?
ALL entries must be submitted online or in-person by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020.
WINNERS will be announced on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
Can participants make animated videos with hand-based sketches or drawings of their own?
May it be a silent movie with a background song?
Music and sounds may be used, but they can’t be copyrighted. See the rules for complete details.
For questions not answered here, contact [email protected].