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MYAC Schoolacup 2021

The Schoolacup, organized by the Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, is a safe and fun competition between the five local high schools: AN Myer, Saint Michael, Saint Paul, Stamford, and Westlane. One High School will be deemed the Schoolacup 2021 winner. 

Official Rules

Eligibility:

No purchase necessary.

This competition is open to all students registered at any of the five high schools in Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. Students are competing for their high school and as an individual.

How to Enter:

The entrant must complete the ENTRY FORM and PARTICIPANT WAIVER and upload their video submission. Submissions will be accepted in the following five categories:

  • Performance Arts (singing, dancing, comedy, magic, etc.)
  • Sports (sports highlights, trick shots, etc.)
  • Visual Arts (paintings, drawings, sculptures, fashion, etc.)
  • Baking/Cooking (showing off their culinary creations)
  • Wild Card (any unique talents/ expertise not outlined previously

By entering the contest, the entrant consents to the release of his/her name. The entrant declares to have complied with the contest rules. 

Submission Details:

  1. Video submissions must be less than 3 minutes long and filmed in portrait (vertically). 
  2. The video must provide a brief introduction that includes your name, grade, school, category, and any additional information you feel necessary.
  3. Participants may submit an entry in multiple categories, but can only submit one entry per category.

Video Content Rules:

  • Must contain only content that is suitable for all ages. No nudity, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, libelous, or other inappropriate content.
  • No commercial content that promotes any product or service.
  • Entrants are encouraged to refrain from wearing clothing items bearing logos.
  • Video Submissions must comply with Instagram’s Terms of Use and Community Guidelines.
  • Must not contain any copyright works. 
  • Must use original or royalty free music. Suggestions include Facebook’s Sound Collection, HookSounds, or YouTube’s Creator Studio and follow the corresponding policy regarding attribution/credit. Usually this requires that the music (song title, artist, etc.) is included in the copy (social platforms).
  • Must contain a video component, not only recorded sound.

Any video content submitted as part of the Schoolacup competition, may be used to promote the Schoolacup competition by the City throughout the contest period and at any time on our social media channels, including our website and e-newsletters.

Competition Period:

Entries must be received between Saturday, May 1, 2021 and Monday, May 21, 2021 at midnight (11:59 p.m. EST). 

The videos will be reviewed on May 22, 2021 and qualifying videos will be posted on May 23, 2021 on Instagram. Voting will be open from the time of posting on May 23 until midnight (11:59 p.m. EST) on May 31, 2021.

Winners will be announced and contacted within one week of the contest closing date of May 31, 2021.

Winner Selection: 

The High School with the most points will win the Schoolacup Trophy for 2021. 

Schools will earn points based on the video submissions from students.

Members of the MYAC Just for Fun Sub Committee, will select the top 5 videos in each category through an anonymous ranking procedure. The top five videos will be selected regardless of school affiliation. If less than 5 videos are received in any given category, all of those video submissions will move forward for voting.

Once the top five videos are selected in each category, they will be posted on the @MYACschoolacup account on Instagram, and the video with the most likes will be determined to be the category winner.

Note: the top five videos profiled are regardless of school affiliation. I.e. there may not be a video from each of the schools posted for voting. Schools will receive points for every submission.

Points will be awarded as follows:

First place winner: 20 points

Second place: 10 points 

Third place: 5 points

Each entry from a school: 2 points 

Schools can also earn “spirit points” by reposting certain promotional posts on their personal Instagram account stories, tagging @nfmyac, and commenting "Done- INSERT SCHOOL NAME" on our Instagram post. 

Overall Prize:

The school with the most points will be declared the winner and awarded the Schoolacup Trophy.

Category Prizes:

The winner of each category, regardless of school, will be awarded a gift card valued at $50.00 each. No cash value. The winners will be profiled on Instagram.

Category winners may choose from any business registered on the City of Niagara Falls BuyLocal website http://buylocal.niagarafallsbusiness.ca/ that provide gift certificates. The City cannot provide gift certificates for restricted goods or services including firearms, fireworks, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, vaping supplies, etc. at our sole discretion. One prize per family. No cash value.

Random Prize:

One gift card valued at $50.00 will be awarded to a randomly selected entrant. No cash value.

The Winning entrant may choose from any business registered on the City of Niagara Falls Support Local website http://buylocal.niagarafallsbusiness.ca/ that provide gift certificates. The City cannot provide gift certificates for restricted goods or services including firearms, fireworks, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, vaping supplies, etc. at our sole discretion. One prize per family. No cash value.

A random draw will be executed by the City of Niagara Falls for the prize, in Niagara Falls, ON, from all eligible entries received on or before the closing date. The odds of winning a prize will depend upon the total number of eligible entries. Prize winners will be emailed. Prize winners will be notified by the email address provided on their entry form. The City will attempt to contact winners up to 3 times, over 2 business days, but if prizes remain unclaimed after that time, they will be considered forfeit. By entering this contest entrants automatically agree to accept and abide by these general rules. Winners will be announced on the city’s website www.niagarafalls.ca and on social media.

Limitations of Liability:

By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these general rules and regulations. The rules will be posted at all times on www.nfmyac.com . If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, the City of Niagara Falls reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. Except as expressly warranted herein, the Prizes are provided to winners as is without further warranty of any kind.


NFMYAC's New Logo!

MYAC logoThe winning design created by Christie Wang (Gr. 12 A.N. Myer S.S.) 

The first NFMYAC logo was designed almost 20 years ago! That’s longer than any of the current committee members have been on this planet. With a desire for a fresh new look, NFMYAC launched a logo contest in March of this year. Open to all post-secondary students across the city, the contest was a huge success: the team was overjoyed by the variety and quality of the submissions. The logos were submitted for blind review by Mayor Jim Diodati and NFMYAC. On May 5, the winning logo was officially adopted.

Read the Media Release: New Logo Encapsulates NFMYAC's Spirit: Diversity, Inclusion, Growth, Individuality, Innovation, Creativity and Community

This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who contributed their designs!

General Rules and Regulations

Eligibility:

  • The contest is open to all students currently enrolled in a Niagara Falls High School OR Niagara Falls residents in Grades 9-12B enrolled in school outside of Niagara Falls.
  • Participation in the contest constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of and agreement to be bound by these contest rules by the student(s) and the legal guardian(s) of the student(s)

Objective:

The objective of the logo is to encapsulate the initiatives and values that represent MYAC.

  • Embodies the ideas presented in MYAC's slogan “inform, inspire, innovate & use your voice!”
  • Check out highlight reels on @nfmyac Instagram page to learn more about MYAC, our guiding values, and other resources for inspirational purposes

MYAC is a group of passionate students that represents Niagara Falls high schools whose vision is to provide a communication link between the youth of Niagara Falls and City Council. We diversify our impact with our three sub committees; Youth Voice, Giving Back and Just for Fun.

Contest Rules

Design Guidelines - Artwork must be:

  •  Free of text elements
  •  Original creation – reproducing, modifying, enhancing or altering a third party’s pre-existing work does not qualify as an original creation 
  •  Created by currently enrolled high school students in grades 9-12B
  •  Appropriate for a school setting, be bias-free and meet all equity and inclusivity requirements 
  • Artwork can be created in any format however it must be two-dimensional

Submission Guidelines:

The contest is open from March 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2021

Determination of Winner: 

  1.  The winning entry will be selected by the MYAC members and the Mayor of Niagara Falls. Their decision will be final with no right of appeal.
  2.  MYAC members are able to participate in contests so long as they are removed from the judging process.
  3.  Judging of the logo submissions will be anonymous.
  4.  Entries will be judged on their visual appeal, quality of design, and ease of reproduction for the purposes stated above.
  5.  Contestants are permitted to work in groups, however, only one prize will be awarded per group should a group entry be chosen as a winner.
  6.  The contest winner(s) will be notified via email and announced on the MYAC website and via social media in early-April.
  7.  Odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries received.
  8.  In the case that no suitable submission is received, the MYAC judging committee reserves the right to not select a winner.

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  •  Originality and design quality.
  •  Ability of design to capture the idea of MYAC's slogan of “inform, inspire, innovate and use your voice”.
  •  Ease of reproduction for a variety of purposes including but not limited to digital and print media 

Prize:

 The prize for the winning entry is a cash prize of $100.00 (cheque). This prize remains the same regardless of the size of the team submitting the winning entry. 

Intellectual Property 

  1.  Contestants affirm their entries are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous designs, including their own, and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.
  2.  Entries become the sole property of the MYAC and may be used for any MYAC purposes, including, but not limited to, display on websites, social media, promotional material (including such things as flags) or printed materials.
  3.  MYAC will have the right to adapt, edit, modify, or otherwise use the winning entry in part or in its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate.
  4.  MYAC reserves the right to choose not to use the winning entry as described in these contest guidelines.
  5.  MYAC reserves the right to use any other entry received for future and/or different promotional purposes in its sole discretion.
  6.  If the contest winner(s) is determined to have violated any rules, the contest winner(s) will be required to forfeit or return the prize, even if the determination is made after the prize has been awarded.
  7.  The contestant(s) and their legal guardian(s) irrevocably, perpetually and without limitation grant the MYAC the rights to use, publish, adapt, sub-license, edit, dispose of and/or modify the entry, in any way and also waive all rights, including moral rights in the entry without notice or compensation and agree to sign a release to that effec

Disclaimer 

  1.  MYAC is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unusable entries, including entries that are lost or unusable due to computer, internet, or electronic problems.
  2. If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, the MYAC reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify the contest and award the prize by alternate means if fraud or technical failure is determined at any time by MYAC, including after the submission window has closed.
  3.  MYAC is not liable, for winner and prize notification and delivery, in the event the contest winner(s) has provided incorrect, outdated, or otherwise invalid contact information.

 General

  1. The contestant(s) and/or the contestant’s legal guardian(s) must fill out the Entry form and follow contest directions in full to be eligible.
  2. By entering the contest, the contestant(s) and/or the contestant’s legal guardian(s) consent to the release of the contestant’s name(s) and permit photographs of the contestant(s) and their entry for use in publicity with the media and/or inclusion on the MYAC website or social media feeds.The contestant(s) and/or the contestant’s legal guardian(s) must acknowledge that all contest rules have been complied with when submitting the entry.
  3. Entries will not be returned to contestants.
  4. The contest winner(s) will be required to complete and return a release form in order to redeem the prize.
  5. By entering the contest, the contestant(s) and their legal guardian(s) expressly consent to the MYAC storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with the entry for the purpose of administering the contest.

STEM Q&A Session - March 24, 2021

MYAC joined forces with Hatch and iHub to offer an interactive session with young professionals working in STEM right here in Niagara. This STEM Q&A event provided high school students within the Niagara region the opportunity to connect with local young professions in related STEM fields.  Breakout room sessions were recorded and are available for viewing here:

  • Main Room
  • Science - This breakout session featured a variety of young professionals working in Science in the Niagara Region.
  • Technology - This breakout session featured a variety of young professionals working in Technology in the Niagara Region.
  • Engineering - This breakout session featured a variety of young professionals working in Engineering in the Niagara Region.
  • Math and Computing - This breakout session featured a variety of young professionals working in Math and Computing in the Niagara Region.

Virtual Youth Forum Niagara 2020 #nfmyac myac logo

2020 Virtual Youth Forum | Thursday, October 22 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Youth Forum

On Thursday, October 22nd, MYAC hosted their first ever Virtual Youth Forum. The forum provided an opportunity for high school students from across the Niagara Region to come together to talk about a variety of topics impacting their daily lives. The forum allowed students to learn and to share feedback AND to earn volunteer service hours for their participation.

The Forum was broken into the topic areas of:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Personal Skills
  • Volunteering
  • Other (opportunity for open conversation)

Each of the topics involved a brief introduction of the topic led by peers and/or experts in the field. A recording of the Virtual Youth Forum can be viewed below:

For more information contact Beth Angle [email protected]