National Magnet School Month Student Poster Contest

2018 National Student Poster Contest Winner

Sofia DeLeon
4th Grade from Bethune Academy
Aldine Independent School District, Texas
Teacher: Brian Thompson

Congratulations to our 2018 Student Poster Contest Winners:


First Place

Sofia DeLeon
Grade: 4
Bethune Academy
Aldine Independent School District, Texas
Teacher: Brian Thompson

Second Place

Mikayla Thomas
Grade: 5
Walter Bracken STEAM Academy
Clark County School District, Nevada
Teacher: Mike Cababe

Third Place

Andrea Martinez
Grade: 5
Sunset Elementary School
Miami-Dade County Public  Schools, Florida
Teacher: Katherine Norman


First Place

Summaiyah Karim
Grade: 8
Richardson West Arts and Technology Magnet
Richardson Independent School District, Texas
Teacher: Christina Van Hamersveld

Second Place

Micah Yaeger
Grade: 7
Howard Middle Academy of Arts
Orange County Public Schools, Florida
Teacher: Kristen Warskow

Third Place

Natalie Andino
Grade: 6
Parkway Middle School
Broward County Public  Schools, Florida
Teacher: Felicia Fish


First Place

Johnathan Brodrick-Okereke
Grade: 11
Randallstown High School
Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
Teacher: Susan Ellerbee

Second Place

Lorenzo Fosteris
Grade: 12
Howard W. Blake School of the Arts
Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida
Teacher: Molly Dressel

Third Place

Barbara Villarreal
Grade: 10
Carver Magnet High School
Aldine Independent School District, Texas
Teacher: Matthew Kirkpatrick

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) designates February 2018 as an opportunity to highlight and promote magnet schools across the country. MSA invites all magnet schools to plan special events and activities during February 2018 to celebrate the success of magnet schools, students, and staff.

To help celebration, Magnet Schools of America is sponsoring its 12th Annual National Magnet Schools Student Poster Contest, and invites entries from elementary, middle and high school magnets. Plan to enter this exciting and fun student-based project.

Students have the option to express/interpret just one of MSA’s pillars OR all five of MSA’s pillars:

Districts or schools entering the poster contest must be paid members of MSA for 2017-2018 by December 1, 2017. Please call 202-824-0672 OR email for any membership related questions.

  • Institution members may submit one poster to MSA representing the appropriate level – elementary, middle, or high.
  • District members may submit ONLY one poster representing each level – elementary, middle, high. Schools should coordinate with their appropriate district level department(s).
  • Each district will determine the posters sent to be judged at the national level.
  • Entries will be accepted from the district level completed by individual students only.
  • All entries will become the property of MSA and will not be returned.
  • Each poster must include the official MSA entry form attached to the back of the poster.

Scoring Rubric:

MSA suggests that school-wide and/or district-wide competitions implement the same scoring rubric for the selection of their winners.

Adherence to Pillar(s)/Theme(s): 30 pts
Adherence to Specifications: 20 pts
Originality and Organization: 30 pts
Use of Color and Design: 20 pts


Deadline for Submitting Posters:

  • Please complete the online submission form, and be prepared to upload a digital copy (resolution = minimum 300dpi) of the poster.
  • The original poster(s) must be mailed and RECEIVED in the National Office by Monday, January 29, 2018 to be eligible.

Please send entries to:

Magnet Schools of America  |  1909 K Street, NW Suite C-140  |  Washington, DC  20006

Presentation of National Awards:

First, second, and third place winners at each level will be notified in April 2018. The overall, top winning poster will be announced at the National Conference on Magnet Schools in Chicago, Illinois April 25-29, 2018. 

2017-2018 Student Poster Contest Guidelines

2017-2018 Student Poster Contest Entry Form

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