High school students in the San Ramon Valley are being given the opportunity to show off their hidden talents or public passions by participating in the return of the San Ramon Valley Student Recognition Project.
Applications are now being accepted for the competition, which will see students take part in categories that demonstrate their skills both within and outside their academic curriculum.
While there will be recognized winners in each category, the competition offers all participating students the chance to have their work be noticed by a wider audience, connect with professionals and improve a college or career resume.
“The purpose of the program is to create collaboration among students, educators and the business community in the San Ramon Valley, to promote educational excellence and to prepare students for the business world of the 21st century,” SRVUSD officials said in a statement.
Local experts with vast amounts of experience in the categories will judge students on the quality and creativity of their projects. Winners will be announced at the Student Recognition Project open house on March 11, and will be honored at an awards reception.
Students can submit a project in up to three of the 23 possible categories:
* Community Service
* Childhood Education
* Video Production
* Creative Writing
* 3D Art/Functional Art
* Digital Art
* Digital Photography
* Film Photography
* Visual Arts -- Black and White
* Visual Arts -- Color
* Graphic Design
* Culinary Arts and Hospitality
* Instrumental Music
* Vocal Music.
The only two categories that are submitted online, as opposed to in-person, are Journalism and Video Production.
A full list of rules and grading criteria for each category is available on the SRVUSD website. Students who submit in categories that require live judging, such as dance or vocal music, will need to check back with the district website to see judging dates.
The application period ends on Feb. 15, with auditions for the performing arts and presentation categories set to be held on Feb. 25-28.
All physical submissions must be turned in no later than 2 p.m. on March 1. Students who have fragile submissions are encouraged to drop them of at Bishop Ranch March 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.