In honor of President Barack Obama, the Modell Lyric is asking students to share the important dreams they have for their lives, communities, and families. Students in grades 5th-12th living in Baltimore City and Baltimore County are eligible to enter the contest with either a 300-word essay, a one-page poem, or a 60-second edited video. Between 5-10 selected finalists will have the opportunity to share their work and receive a $100 honorarium.
There will be two essay/poetry/video contest workshops that will be held virtually to help students construct their essays, poems, or videos. Interested students may contact education manager Ron Kipling Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dream BIG Essay Contest’s entry period is from Monday, January 4, 2021, through Friday, March 12,2021. Entries can be submitted via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/131963780219
The 5-10 finalists will be announced on Monday, March 30, 2021.
The online awards ceremony and video essay viewing is Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6 pm. WBAL TV 11 news anchor Jason Newton will serve as the emcee, and Maryland State Senator Mary Washington will deliver the keynote address.