What Is Your Calling?

This morning I watched this video.  The video made me think about many of you who are undecided about your career path. Some of you are stressed, just thinking about your options.  I am here to tell you, don’t stress… I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  🙂   Seriously, it’s okay if you haven’t narrowed down a specific career. You have plenty of time.

This is not a video that you must sit and watch, so plug your ear buds into your phone or other device, follow the link below and listen to the talk. Enjoy! 🙂


Liberty Museum Selma Contest

Scholarship Information:

Calling all high school students: Martin Luther King, Jr. used his words to change history. How will you use yours? To participate, go tohttp:// libertymuseumselmacontest.org/.

Grand prize: $5,000! Contest timeline: December 25, 2014 – January 30, 2015.

Who Can Participate?
The National Liberty Museum’s Selma Speech & Essay Contest is open to US High School students ages 14-18 (as of the January 30, 2015 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. After viewing Paramount Pictures film, SELMA, contestants will respond to the Contest topic with an original 500-700 word essay and videotaped speech reading of their essay. For rules:http://libertymuseumselmacontest.org/rules/

It all started with a speech:
At the age of 15, a young Martin Luther King, Jr. entered a high school public speaking competition with his submission called, “The Negro and the Constitution.” He was in his junior year, and he won the competition. On the bus ride home, young King and his three companions were told to give up their seats to a white couple who had just boarded the bus, and they stood for several hours on their way back to Atlanta.

It has been widely written that the high school speech Dr. King wrote inspired his “I Have a Dream” oration, since all of the concepts in his competition submission were encapsulated into the historic 1963 speech. There are striking parallels between the two writings. That is the power of words.

Selma Speech & Essay Contest Topic:
“The movie Selma tells the story of how Martin Luther King, Jr. and others peacefully protested to advance voting rights. What do you think needs to be done today to protect individual freedom and self-determination? What are you doing or will you do to peacefully advance those rights?”

Contest Prizes:

*   One grand prize: $5,000
*   First runner up: $2,500
*   Second runner up: $1,000
*   Seven honorable mentions: $500 each
*   $300 cash prize for each teacher/mentor who sponsors a top 10 finalist

Contest Timeline:

*   December 25, 2014, 12:01am EST: Official Opening of Selma Contest & limited release of Selma film
*   January 9, 2015: Wide release in theaters of Selma film
*   January 30, 2015, 11:59pm EST : DEADLINE for submissions
*   March 2015 Winners notified
*   April 20-22, 2015 Award Ceremony held in Philadelphia, PA

The Selma Speech & Essay Contest is made possible through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and in-kind support of Paramount Pictures.

U.S. Senate Youth Program

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United States Senate Youth Program  

Application Period Now Open
Deadline: October 10, 2014 

Please be advised that the New Jersey Department of Education has just opened the application process for the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program. Each year, two high school junior and seniors are selected as delegates to represent New Jersey during an intensive week-long educational program (March 7-14, 2015) held in Washington, D.C. and receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship. The Hearst Foundation is the sponsor of this prestigious merit-based program. During Washington Week, delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each session with elected officials includes an in-depth question and answer period. The military services will provide specially selected men and women officers to serve as mentors for the student delegates while in Washington, D.C.

The United States Senate Youth Program is designed for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities in their school and community and a strong commitment to public service. Every principal of a New Jersey public or non-public high school is invited to nominate one junior or senior to submit an application to this highly competitive program. To be eligible, students must be currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in an approved student government, civic or educational organization and a New Jersey resident. A Blue Ribbon panel is convened to select two delegates and two alternates. Students who attend this program are encouraged to pursue coursework in history and political science and careers in public service.


For more information about the program and the selection criteria, please go tohttp://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/ss/syp/. If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact Beverly.Plein@doe.state.nj.us. The deadline for students to submit their application packet is October 10, 2014.



Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

If you have an interest in a career in journalism, I strongly recommend that you apply for the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program. By the way, the 10 day program is ALL EXPENSES PAID!!  I repeat….. ALL-EXPENSES PAID!

  • To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following qualifications:

    – They must currently be juniors in high school.
    – They must live in the continental United States.
    – They must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).
    – They must have an interest in journalism.
    – The combined income of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000.

Note: This program is for students from low-income backgrounds. If the combined income of the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and a student still wishes to apply, he or she may attach a letter explaining why his or her family qualifies as financially under-resourced.

“The program is entering its 12th year; since 2002, approximately 250 students from high schools across the country have participated. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism.

Classes at the program are taught by professional journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, CNN, NPR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and other outlets. Students meet with numerous Princeton professors, as well as Princeton’s president and dean of admissions. They report an investigative story, cover a professional sports event, produce a TV segment, and publish their own newspaper. And they receive guidance on the college admissions process not only during the 10 days of the program, but also during the fall of their senior year of high school.

Students selected for the program will have all their costs, including the cost of travel to and from Princeton, paid for by the program.

We will happily accept several students from the same school, so there is no need to worry about your own students competing for slots in the program. We have not determined the exact dates for 2013, but the program will run for 10 days from a Friday to a Monday. It normally runs during the last week of July or the first two weeks of August.

The application process will take place in two rounds. The first round of the application should be filled out online here:


Princeton must receive this part of the application by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 22, 2013.

Those students selected to advance to the second round of the application process will be notified in March. They will be asked to provide printed copies of the following items via U.S. mail: an official transcript; the first page of the 2011 (or 2012, if available) income-tax return form (the 1040 or 1040EZ form) of their custodial parent(s)/guardian(s), or a signed statement by their parent(s)/guardian(s) saying that their income is below the level at which they would be required to file income tax returns; a recommendation letter from a teacher; and clips from their high school newspaper or other publication (optional).”

Additional information about the program is available at www.princeton.edu/sjp.

If you have questions, the best way to reach us is via email at sjp@princeton.edu.


Richard Just, Michael Koike, Gregory Mancini, Rich Tucker

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program Directors

Career News

Many of you are undecided about a career path and that is really okay.  A large number of adults still don’t know what they want to be when they “grow up.”  With so many career options, narrowing your interests down can be mind boggling.  The link that I’ve included below talks about “fun jobs.”  Read on to see if any of the jobs are of any interest to you.


Have a great day!