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Academic Competition and Showcase Opportunities


2023-2024 Schedule:

For more details on each event, see "Event Details" above on this page.

National History Day

Grades 6-12.
Registration/Notification Deadline: 
Intent to Participate Form Due by October 10, 2023.
Preliminary Registration for South Metro Region Due TBD.
Each school will host its own fair. All school competitions are to be held before February 9, 2024.
Formal Registration by February 16, 2024.
District Contact:  Virnilisa Printup [email protected]
District Event:  There is no district NHD competition. The South Metro Region NHD Competition will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024. (face-to-face). 

RCPS District Spelling Bee

Grades 4-8.
Registration/Notification Deadline:  Register with National Scripps Spelling Bee, Regular Enrollment from August 2023-December 2023.
District Contacts: Trinecia Ward.
District Event:  January 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. at EMS.
GAE region Event: February 24, 2024.

Rockdale Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Support information:
Contact:  Dr. Scott Bolen [email protected] 
Deadline for all School-based Science Fairs: December 15, 2023
Deadline to submit Regional Fair Entries and ISEF forms: January 5, 2024
Event: Friday, January 26, 2024, at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology.
Awards: Friday, January 26, 2024, 6:30– 7:30pm.

Technology and Media Showcase (East Atlanta Technology Fair)

Grades 3-12.
Registration/Notification Deadline:  Register no later than January 9, 2024. Showcase projects must be presented on the day of the Showcase.
District Contact: Tiffany McLymore (Fair) Josh Dyer (Showcase)
Click here for more information
District Event: January 27, 2024, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at RCA.

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Grades 4-8,
Grades 6-8,
Grades 9-12 (Tentative).
Registration/Notification Deadline:  Submit Intent to Participate to Jean O’Kelley (elementary and middle schools) and to Kimberly Wisnewski (high schools) by October 31, 2023.
District Contact:  Elementary & Middle School - Beth Clark [email protected] , High School - Kimberly Wisnewski [email protected] .
District Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Event:  January 27, 2024, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at RCA

Fifth Grade Social Studies Fair

Grade 5.
Registration/Notification Deadline: List of Entries Due January 5, 2024.
District Contact:  Virnilisa Printup [email protected]
District Event:  February 3, 2024 at RCPS Central Office.
East Metro Regional Social Studies Fair at RCPS Central Office: March 16, 2024.

Rockdale Math Competition for Middle Schools

Grades 6-8.
Registration/Notification Deadline:  January 24, 2020
District Contact:  Dr. Chuck Garner [email protected]
District Event: 
February 1, 2020, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Rockdale Magnet School.

Math 24 Competition

Grades 3-5.
Deadline to submit School Level Winners and Alternates: February 21, 2024.
District Contact: Nancy Kelly
District Event:  March 23, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition

Grades K-12.
Deadline to submit School Level Winners:  Monday, December 15, 2023
Judging: Friday, February 9, 2024
District Contacts: Trinecia Ward (K-5) and Dr. Sha’Ronda McRae (6-12)
District Event:  February 22, 2024, Winners submitted to MetroRESA
Young GA Authors Competition FY23

Thousand Voices Oratorical Showcase

Grades K-12.
Deadline to submit School Level Winner Entry Forms: March 15, 2024.
District Contact:  Dr. Sha’Ronda McRae.
District Event:  March 26, 2024, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (K-5th) and 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (6th -12th)

Olympiad (Science)

Grades 3-5.
Open to All Elementary Schools
District Contacts: Angela Reaves
Event: March 5, 2024.

RCPS Elementary Honor Chorus (Fine Arts Chorus)

Grades 5th.
Music teachers select up to 10 % of their 5th grade students to participate in
RCPS Honor Chorus
Clinician Jay Sessoms
Friday, February 9, 2024 @ GRDMS- Rehearsal with entire group
Saturday, February 10, 2024 @GRDMS – Rehearsal followed by Performance
RCPS Contact: Jenelle Freeman

RCPS Honor Band (Fine Arts Band)

Grades 6-12
RCPS Honor Band/Orchestra for Middle and High Schools – students selected
by directors. School-level rehearsals take place prior to March 22
Clinicians: 9 – 12 Band – TBD; Orchestra – TBD; MS 7/8 Band – TBD; Beginning
Band – RCPS MS Directors
March 22-23, 2024 - Friday, March 22, 2024 - Entire group rehearsal
4:30p.m.-8:30p.m. HS Students, 5:30p.m.-8:30p.m. MS Students
Saturday, March 23, 2024 - Rehearsal 9 a.m. – noon
Performances begin 3:00 p.m. – Salem HS

District Honor Chorus (Fine Arts Chorus)

Grades 6-12
District IV (GMEA) Honor Chorus for Middle and High Schools – students
selected by directors. Clinicians are not finalized at this time.
Date and location January 2024 TBD
District Contact: Terrance Green
Friday, January TBD 2024 Sectionals Rehearsals at Location TBD Saturday, January 2024 – Performance at TBD

One Act (Fine Arts Theater)

Grades 9-12
Georgia High School Association Georgia High School Association | - This is a GHSA event
One Act - RCPS High School Theatre departments participate.
October 1, 2023: Deadline to enter
October 28: HHS Regional Competition
November 4: RCHS and SHS Regional Competition
Nov. 11 & Nov. 18 – State Championships
District Contact: Paige Hutchinson
Region 8 5A - HHS 10/25/2023 @HHS Region 4 3A – SHS 10/27/2023 @Morgan Co HS Region 3 6A – RCHS 10/28/2023 @ Alcovy HS
State Championships: Region 5A – HHS 11/11/2023 – Monroe County school of Fine Arts
Region 6A – RCHS – 11/18/2023 – Carrollton HS
Region 3A – 11/18/2023 - Buford Performing Arts Center


Literary Meet (Fine Arts)

Grades 9-12
Georgia High School Association Georgia High School Association | - This is a GHSA event
RCPS High School students participate in Fine Arts and other areas
Deadline: February 1, 2024
Deadline for completion of region meets : March 9, 2024
District Contact: Dr. Kirby Meng RCHS: P Hutchinson; SHS: J. Roper; HHS:
T. Green
State Literary Meet - March 16 and 23, 2024

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival Student Photography Show (Visual Art)

Grades 3-12
Deadline to submit Entries and Registration Forms: February 16, 2024.
District Contact: Dr. Kirby Meng
Date: March 2024 -TBD Awards ceremony and reception, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. @ Piedmont Rockdale Hospital

District Youth Art Month Exhibit at Nancy Guinn Library (Visual Art)

Grades K-12
Work due to Dr. Kirby Meng from each school: February 16, 2024.
Work on exhibit at Nancy Guinn library: March 4 – 29, 2024.
Reception at Nancy Guinn Library: March 2024 date - TBD, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
District Contact: Dr. Kirby Meng

Scholastic Art Awards through SCAD (Visual Art)

Grades 7-12
How to Enter - - Students may self-enter or schools may enter student work.
Students in Grades 7 – 12 are eligible
$10 per entry, $30 per portfolio, fee waiver form available
District Contact: Dr. Kirby Meng
Deadline for entry – Date not yet posted, but will be mid December 2023

Congressional Art Competition through Rep. Hank Johnson’s office (Visual Art)

Grades 9-12
Art Competition | Congressman Hank Johnson (
Open to 9th - 12th grade students living in U. S. House District 4
**This competition may have a theme**
District Contact: Dr. Kirby Meng
Entry and Awards date not yet posted. Will probably be April 2024

Science and Social Studies Showcase

Grades 3-5.
Registration/Notification Deadline: List of Entries due April 13, 2020.
District Contacts:  Dr. Denise Richardson [email protected] and Virnilisa Printup [email protected]
District Event:  April 25, 2020, 9:30 a.m. at TBD.