Rural Voices Youth Contest

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The Rural Voices contest is sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC), Beloit, Kansas. It was created to engage the youth of North Central Kansas in thoughtful reflection on rural Kansas and to promote a discussion among citizens based on their insights. More than $27,000 has been awarded to high school seniors from around the region since the contest began in 2006.

2022-2023 Contest Theme:  “Rural Kansas…Working Together”

The NCRPC invites high school seniors in North Central Kansas to prepare an original essay or video based on this year’s theme of “Rural Kansas…Working Together.”

Entries should address the following: Consider your community or the broader community of North Central Kansas. When have you seen people or groups coming together to work toward a common goal? How do you think collaborating and working together as a region could make North Central Kansas stronger?

2022-2023 Rural Voices Youth Contest flyer imageAwards

Students submitting the top two entries will each receive a one-time cash award of $1,000 and be recognized with the John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award. The award is named in honor of Cyr who served for 22 years as NCRPC Executive Director. Winning entries will also be published on the North Central Regional Planning Commission website.

Registration Form

A registration form is to be completed and returned by the contest deadline (February 1, 2023).

Registration FormFillable PDF (136 KB)

 

 

  • Entry should be reflective of the contest theme. See theme description and reflection questions above.
  • Entry must be at least 1,000 words and may be fiction or non-fiction. Entries that do not meet minimum length requirements will not be considered. Word counts will be checked. The title or any works cited pages (if used) are NOT to be included in the word count.
  • Entry should be double spaced and 12-point font with one-inch margins.
  • Entry must be the student's original work.
  • Written entries should be saved as a pdf file and submitted electronically to ruralvoices@nckcn.com. The student’s name should not appear on the entry, but should be used in the file name of the document. (For example, firstnamelastnameruralvoices.pdf).
  • Complete and submit contest registration form by the deadline (February 1, 2023). Once the form is downloaded, it is a fillable pdf. Please note that a signature is required on the registration form. You may either scan and email the completed form with signature or print and mail. See instructions on the form.

 

  • Entry should be reflective of the contest theme. See theme description and reflection questions above.
  • Video must be at least three (3) minutes and must not exceed five (5) minutes in length.
  • All work must be original of the student entering, including any photos that may be incorporated into the video. If music is used, no copyrighted music can be used without proof of written permission.
  • Use of good video technique is encouraged, including the use of a tripod if necessary. Video entries should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo with a link sent to ruralvoices@nckcn.com.
  • Complete and submit contest registration form by the deadline (February 1, 2022). Once the form is downloaded, it is a fillable pdf. Please note that a signature is required on the registration form. You may either scan and email the completed form with signature or print and mail. See instructions on the form.

Contest Entry Deadline - Tuesday, February 1, 2023

All entries must be received electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2023.* Contest registration forms are due the same date.

*We suggest keeping a copy of the sent email so there is proof of a date mark prior to the deadline in case technical difficulties arise. Late entries without such proof will not be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

The contest allows one entry per person.

Eligible: The contest is open to any senior in high school who lives in and/or attends a public or private high school whose district falls within the 12-county NCPRC service area* — including the counties of Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline and Washington. Home school students in this same area may also enter.

*A student is eligible to enter if any portion of their school district’s official boundaries falls within the 12-county NCRPC service area.

Not Eligible: NCRPC employees and their immediate family members may not participate.


The Rural Voices Contest is sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC). The NCRPC is committed to advancing rural Kansas through comprehensive planning and development services. Its primary service area includes 12 counties and 83 cities in North Central Kansas.

For questions about the contest, email communications@ncrpc.org or call 785-738-2218.

The NCRPC reserves the right to make no awards or partial awards based on the quality of the entries received.