Queens South NYCDOE Borough Office 4th Annual Excellence Awards

The Queens South NYCDOE Borough Office will be hosting its Fourth Annual Excellence Awards Ceremony on June, 6 2019. This event will recognize and celebrate student excellence in writing, academic performance, perseverance, leadership, performing arts, and community service across grades K-12 during the 2018/2019 School Year.

To be considered for these Excellence Awards, students must complete an online application for each award for which they meet the criteria. The awards and their descriptions include:

The Trifecta Award

(Grade 5, 8, 12 ONLY)

The Trifecta Award will be given to students who demonstrate excellence in
each of the core academic courses (90% or greater in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies); possess leadership qualities and personal behaviors that allow them to persevere through adversities; and are actively involved in the development of their school’s community. A student eligible for this award demonstrates success in three different areas at a given time.

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

• Be in a terminal grade (Grade 5, Grade 8 or Grade 12)
• Demonstrate excellence in each of the core academic courses (90% average in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies)
• Possess leadership qualities and skills that have allowed them to persevere through adversities,
• Have active involvement within their school community
• Submit a 500-word essay that highlights these qualities in response to the following question: What is one positive change that you have made within your community? Explain why that change needed to occur, how you went about making that change, and what impact it had on the community as a whole. In addition, explain how you exercised your leadership skills to bring about this change.
• Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or principal

To apply for the Trifecta Award, GO HERE.

The Perseverance Award

(Grades 3 – 12)

The Perseverance Award will be given to 10 students across grades 3 to 12 who are currently residing or have resided in a shelter or have been displaced this school year; and have demonstrated a commitment to learning that has resulted in remarkable growth and/or success despite enduring tremendous hardships. The recipient of this honor is one who has maintained a positive mindset despite challenges, and persists to achieve both personal and academic goals.

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

• Be in any grade among Grade 3 and 12
• Currently reside or have resided in a shelter OR have been displaced during the 2017/2018 school year
• Demonstrate a commitment to learning despite tremendous hardship by showing remarkable growth and/or success
• Possess an overall average of 85% or greater
• Submit an essay (750- 1000 words for grades 9-12) answering the following question: Identify one major challenge that you have experienced this school year, and based on the definition of “perseverance” as written above, explain how you have overcome this challenge in the amount of words specified for your grade below.

To apply for The Perseverance Award, GO HERE.

The Social Awareness Award

(Grades K-12)

The Social Awareness Award will be given to 15 students across grades K-12 that has a passion for exploring and addressing an important social issue through any form of social action using a range of digital or technological platforms. There are many social issues taking place within our society that play a major role in this development. Some examples of social issues include: Obesity, Bullying, Violence, Cultural Diversity, War, Racism, Equal Rights, Environmental Protection, Immigration issues, etc.

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

• Create a digital presentation that illustrates the importance of a particular social issue and its solution
• Explain in either written or oral form how you devised the solution/call to action for this social issue

To apply for The Social Awareness Award, GO HERE.

Global Arts Award

(Grades K-12)

The Global Arts Award will recognize student who demonstrate excellence in each of the following disciplines: Instrumental/Piano Music, Vocal Solo, Interpretive Moment/Dance, and Visual Art. Students will audition at designated locations, and the winners will showcase/perform their piece at the Awards Ceremony. The Global Arts Award will recognize student who demonstrate excellence in each of the following disciplines: Instrumental/Piano Music, Vocal Solo, Interpretive Moment/Dance, and Visual Art. Ceremony. This award will recognize students who demonstrate excellence in the arts (Dance, Visual Arts, Vocals, and Drama).

To be eligible for this award, a student must:

• Submit a digital portfolio of work (videos, scanned artwork, etc) with a maximum of 3 for visual arts.
• Anything that is performance related (dance, vocal, or music) will require a video showcasing your skills.
• Submit an essay describing the inspiration behind your piece of work (Dance, Visual Arts, Vocals, and Music) Dance, Vocals, and Music applicants will have to audition according to their talent at a specified time and location.

To apply for The Global Arts Award, GO HERE.

Submissions for these awards will be accepted through Friday April 26, 2019.

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