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First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Student and Educator Contests

First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Student & Educator Contests


2022-2023 Theme: “Celebrating the Achievements of Hispanic, Native American, and Black Floridians.”

About the Student Art Contest

First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in the state of Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme.

Eligible Participants: Florida students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade

Awards: Four statewide winners will be selected for each month and each winner will receive a $100 art supplies gift card and a 1-year pass to Florida state parks.

Submission Details: Stay tuned for contest dates, guidelines and submission instructions.

About the Student Essay Contest

First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Essay Contest is open to all students attending any Florida school in grades 4-12 (public, charter, private, home or virtual). Six winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12).

Eligible Participants: Florida students in 4th grade through 12th grade

Awards: Six winners will be selected: two elementary school student (grades 4-5), two middle school student (grades 6-8) and two high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 2-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and a $100 gift card for school supplies.

Submission Details: Stay tuned for contest dates, guidelines and submission instructions.

About the Excellence in Education Award

First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Excellence in Education Award Contests aim to recognize educators who have made impacts on students, schools and/or communities. Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.

Eligible Participants: Full-time Florida educators in elementary, middle or high schools

Awards: Excellence in Education award winners will receive $2,500 from Volunteer Florida and a set of classroom books.

Submission Details: Stay tuned for contest dates, guidelines and nomination instructions.