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RISE 2024 Student Engagement Contest

The Center for Safer Schools Student Engagement Team is holding a contest for K-12 students in North Carolina public school units in conjunction with the 2024 RISE Back to School Safety Summit.

The theme is “Shine a Light on What a Safer School Looks Like.” Creativity is encouraged, as submissions could include videos, songs, poems, skits, speeches and chants.

The contest is divided into three categories: Middle School, High School and Classroom (New Hanover County only).

Two Middle School winners will receive a Chromebook and a trip to RISE 2024 at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.

Four High School winners (two boys and two girls) will receive a Chromebook and a trip to RISE 2024.

In the Classroom category, each student in the winning New Hanover County classroom will receive a Chromebook.

The contest rules are as follows:

  • Students must be currently enrolled in a North Carolina public school unit

  • Students cannot be currently suspended or expelled

  • Video submissions must be received between May 20, 2024, and June 10, 2024

  • All submissions must include the students’ name, grade, school, county and principal

  • All video submissions must be between 1 and 2 minutes

  • No inappropriate content such as vulgarity, profanity or gang-related affiliation

  • All poems, speeches and songs must be only 1 page (no plagiarizing)

  • Students will be scored based on a rubric

  • Students are scored based on originality and creativity

  • All submissions will be reviewed by the CFSS RISE Contest Committee

  • Each submission will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the RISE Contest Committee

  • Winners of the contest will be voted upon by the RISE Contest Committee

The deadline for all submissions is Monday, June 10 at 5 p.m. All entries should be emailed to CFSS Program Development Coordinator Kaliah Thompson.

If you have questions, send an email to

About the Center for Safer Schools

The Center for Safer Schools serves to promote safe learning environments for North Carolina K-12 schools. The CFSS serves as a hub of information and technical assistance on school safety to school faculty and staff, law enforcement, youth-serving community agencies, juvenile justice officials, policymakers, parents/guardians and students. CFSS staff focuses on school climate, school discipline and emergency preparedness concerns for North Carolina’s public K-12 schools. CFSS staff is available to provide training, guidance and technical assistance upon request for school faculty and staff and those working with children and adolescents. The CFSS is headed by Karen W. Fairley, Executive Director.

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