ALSCA Poster & Essay Contest

 Announcing the

ALSCA 6th Annual National School Counseling Week

Poster & Essay Contest 2018

Complete Rules with Cover Sheet Form is downloadable:


Participants should be current students in Alabama schools, grades K – 12.

  • Grades K – 2: Submit a poster. (See guidelines below.)
  • Grades 3 – 12: Submit an essay. (See guidelines below.)
  • Only 1 entry per student is permitted.

All entries should reflect the designated theme.

  • Grades K-11: What are School Counselors and how do they help students? How have you been helped?
  • Grade 12: How has a School Counselor helped guide you toward your future?

POSTERS should not exceed 11×17 and should be completed on paper or poster board—not canvas.

ESSAYS should not exceed 1 page. Typed essays should utilize a professional font, size 12 point or larger, with single- or double-spacing. If handwritten, essays should be clearly legible. Neatness counts! All essays must provide a clear description/discussion related to the designated theme.

ALL entries must have a completed, official cover sheet (page 2 of the document) securely attached.

The school counselor of a student whose entry is submitted to the state-level contest must be an ALSCA member at the time of the state-level submission.

Entries will be evaluated only if they meet all criteria listed on this 2-page document. Otherwise, they will not be considered.


November 16, 2017              Official launch of the contest at the ALCA Annual Conference

February 16, 2018            POSTMARK DEADLINE for mailed submissions

February 20, 2018            DIGITAL UPLOAD DEADLINE for electronic submissions

April  2018                       State-level winners will be announced

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2015 ALSCA Poster & Essay Winner

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Alabama School Counseling Association proudly presents Marcus Perkins, the grand prize winner of the 2015 Alabama School Counselor Association Poster and Essay Contest.   Marcus, a 2015 graduate of Boaz High School, is the deserving recipient of a $1000 award, courtesy of Alabama College and Career Guide. Boaz school counselor, Becky Boddie, was the subject of Marcus’ winning essay.

The poster and essay contest is open to all students K-12th grades. Students are encouraged to describe how a school counselor has been instrumental in their school journey using either art (K-2nd grades) or written (3-12th grades) media. Winners in grades K-11 compete for cash prizes $30 for first place, $20 for second place, and $10 for 3rd place.

The contest runs from November to February, with winners announced in the spring. School counselors of first place winners in each grade level category are awarded one free registration voucher to attend the annual Alabama Counseling Association conference.