GENESEE COUNTY — Kroger announced last week that it is now accepting applications for its 9th annual “I Can Make History,” contest, open to all students in grades 4 to 12 in Michigan.
Kroger stores offer the annual contest in connection with February as Black History Month, to recognize “African Americans who have significantly contributed to our country in the past and the countless others who are working to better our communities today.” The competition also aims to encourage cultural and community pride.
Kroger will award more than $71,000 in prizes in four categories – Art, Essay, Music, and Poetry. Each entry must highlight one of two contest themes: “Name an African American past or present that you admire and describe how that person impacted or continues to impact history.” or “How do you feel young people today can make an impact on history?”
Artwork may be created using any two-dimensional medium including: drawing (pencil, crayon, markers, graphite, etc.), painting (pastel, watercolor, spray paint, oils, etc.), paper collages and/or original photographs and must be accompanied by a 75-word explanatory essay.
Essay entries must be a minimum of 500 words, typed on 8.5” x 11” paper single-sided and include the student’s name, school and grade level. Handwritten essays will not be accepted.
A music entry should be a minimum of one minute and should not exceed four minutes and recorded on a USB Flash Drive as an MP3 file. Music submissions submitted without lyrics must include a 75-word essay explaining how the music relates to one of the contest themes.
Poetry entries should be no longer than 30 lines, typed on 8.5” x 11” paper single-sided.
Full submission information and entry forms can be picked up in a packet available at local Kroger stores or downloaded online at www.icanmakehistory.com
All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, February 29, 2016. Entries must be mailed or delivered to: I Can Make History, c/o CBS Radio, 26455 American Drive, Southfield, MI 48034. CBS radio offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Judging will be done by grade level and category. Students will be notified by March 30 if their entry was selected as a winner in their respective category. Students are eligible to win one prize annually, regardless of the number of entries submitted.
Winners will receive their prizes at Kroger’s “I Can Make History” awards dinner on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at a location to be announced. Winners are responsible for applicable taxes and must be a Michigan resident, able to provide a Social Security number.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
One (1) $2,000 scholarship awarded to all first place winners in grades 11 and 12 and one (1) $500 scholarship awarded to all second place winners in grades 11 and 12; One (1) electronic tablet awarded to all first place winners in grades 4-10 and one (1) eReader awarded to all second place winners in grades 4-10; One (1) $3,000 Best in Show Scholarship awarded to the entry, among all four categories, receiving the highest score from the judges.
For more information or to download forms, visit www.icanmakehistory.com or call Kroger at (248)536-1526. — Rhonda Sanders