Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

Contest takes aim at peer pressure

April 19, 2007

The Kansas Department of Transportation is sponsoring a competition to find a new song that encourages Kansas youths to resist peer pressure by abstaining from drinking alcohol until reaching the legal age limit of 21.

Three separate $1,000 scholarships, good for use at any Kansas state-sponsored institution of higher learning, will be awarded on May 31 for best original lyrics, best original musical score and best original song (lyrics and score). It is possible for one contestant to win in all three areas or three separate contestants could win a portion of the prize.

The scholarship competition will run through May 18. Winners will be announced May 31.

Judging will be based on originality, the passion and persuasiveness of the message, and the potential for a successful song that could be aired throughout Kansas. Songs can be any format or style of music including, but not limited to, rap, heavy metal, rock, country, alternative or pop. Kansas residents between the ages of 10 and 21 are encouraged to enter the competition by logging onto and following the registration process. Contest booklets are also available by calling (785) 296-3756.


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