Black History Month Contests

Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, Okaloosa County School District’s K-12 students are participating in the 2021 Black History Month art and essay contests. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Inspirational Individuals” to recognize and pay tribute to African American individuals who have played inspirational roles in the lives of others.

Students who choose to participate in the Art and/or Essay contests are being asked to describe in 500 words or less, how an African-American has been an inspiration in their life and discuss the contributions of how this individual has served to inspire and motivate them.

About the OCSD Student Contests

Art Contest for Grades K-12 – The Black History Month art contest is open to all students in grades K-12. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. One elementary student grades K-3, one elementary student grades 4-5, one middle school student, and one high school winner will be selected.

  • Prizes: Elementary - K-3 (Trophy & $25 prize) & 4-5 (Trophy & $25 prize), Middle School (Trophy & $50 prize) & High School (Trophy & $100 prize)
  • Art Contest Submission Guidelines - Each OCSD student will submit a picture of their artwork and your student application by Friday, March 5, 2021 by 5:00pm to BHMContestsOCSD@gmail.com

Essay Contest for Grades K-12 – The Black History Month essay contest is open to all students in grades K-12. One elementary student grades K-3, one elementary student grades 4-5, one middle school student, and one high school winner will be selected.

  • Prizes: Elementary - K-3 (Trophy & $25 prize) & 4-5 (Trophy & $25 prize), Middle School (Trophy & $50 prize) & High School (Trophy & $100 prize)
  • Essay Contest Submission Guidelines - Each OCSD student will submit their essay and your student application by Friday, March 5, 2021 by 5:00pm to BHMContestsOCSD@gmail.com

Door Decorating Contest: Showcasing positive images of black history and black culture.

  • Prizes: prizes will be given to 1 High School, 1 Middle School, and 1 Elementary School. The winning faculty/staff member will receive a gift card and their class will receive a special prize.
  • Door Decorating Contest Submission Guidelines - Submit entry no later than Friday, March 5, 2021 by 5:00pm to BHMContestsOCSD@gmail.com

Read more about Black History Month and the OCSD contests here!