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Get Schooled NH Student Video Contest: Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines

Video Submissions and Media Release Forms are due by January 15, 2017


  • Video content can be no longer than 2 minutes and must be submitted in a standard video format (AVI, WMV, MOV, MP4).
  • RHNH will evaluate the videos based on NH’s Work-Study Practices Rubric, choosing the top 5. We will notify the top 5 contestant teams once they are selected.
  • Winners will be notified via email. Please make sure you provide your name, school, and email address on the submission form. If you do not provide a valid email address (that you check regularly!), we may not be able to contact you to let you know whether your video was chosen.
  • All individual entrants MUST submit an Official Reaching Higher NH Media Release Form. Upon submission, Reaching Higher NH will email both team members with the electronic release form to be filled out by each team member’s legal guardian.
  • The public will vote for their favorite video. The video that gets the most votes through our site will win, followed by second and third place. For a wider reaching audience, we will post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our web page–be sure to share and encourage your friends, family, and classmates to vote through our site!

Deadlines and Timeline:

  • January 16: Video Submissions must be received by Reaching Higher NH
  • January 18: Student Media Release forms must be received by Reaching Higher NH
  • January 19: Five finalist teams selected, videos posted on Reaching Higher NH media, voting begins
  • February 15, 11:59 p.m.: Voting closes
  • February 21: Winning teams and schools notified


The winning team will win $700 ($350 each), and the team’s teacher mentor will receive $700 to support project-based learning in his/her classroom. The first and second runner-up pairs will win $500 and $300, respectively ($250 and $150 each), and their teachers will receive matching awards in support of PBL.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I eligible? Eligible students are at least 14 years old, attend high school in the 2016/ 2017 school year, AND attend one of the eight PACE high schools–Concord, White Mountains/Profile, Pittsfield, VLACS, Epping, Souhegan, Sanborn Regional, or Rochester.

Do I HAVE to work with someone else? Yes, you have to work in a team. It is part of showing your collaboration skills!

Can my team consist of more than one additional person? No, it must be a team of two.

Can I work with someone outside of my school? Yes, you can work with someone in a different high school that participates in the PACE program.

Can I include music in my video? You may only use materials to which you own the copyright. You cannot use copyrighted materials–including video, audio, and images–in your video. You may use open-sourced media. Some websites that provide royalty-free music are Partners in Rhyme, Incompetech, and Bensound.

Help! I don’t know anything about creating a video. That’s okay! We are judging videos based on the content in the video, not on the quality of video production. We are looking at the content of your video: whether you have shown that you can apply what you learn, and your creativity and collaboration skills. Your video editing skills will not be judged, but how creatively you communicate your message will be!

Where can I find the judging rubric? You might recognize the rubric we will use to judge videos–it’s the same rubric used in a lot of classrooms. Learn more and download rubric here.

When it is time to vote, will Facebook likes count? No, only responses to the poll on Reaching Higher NH’s website will count. It will be found here once we select the finalist teams.

Can I encourage my friends and family to vote? YES! Encourage your friends, family, neighbors, aunts, second cousins, best friends’ moms, teachers, and everyone you know to vote! The page will be public on social media, so sharing the post or retweeting it on Twitter are great ways to get the word out.

Having trouble submitting your video? Please email your video and all required information to

Have another question? Ask us! Contact Christina at with any questions.

21st Century Skills/Work-Study Practices:

Learn more about how to incorporate the Work-Study skills here.

  • Communication: I can use various media to interpret, question, and express knowledge, information, ideas, feelings, and reasoning to create mutual understanding.
  • Creativity: I can use original and flexible thinking to communicate my ideas or construct a unique product or solution.
  • Collaboration: I can work in diverse groups to achieve a common goal.
  • Self-Direction: I can initiate and manage my learning, and demonstrate a “growth” mindset, through self-awareness, self-motivation, self-control, self-advocacy and adaptability as a reflective learner.

Video Editing Software: Free Apps

There are many different websites that provide access to royalty-free music. We can’t stress it enough–don’t include images, music, or any other media that is protected by copyright! It’s illegal and we’ll disqualify your entry.

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