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Contest Rules

"Preventing Gun Violence At Your School"- Know the Signs

2017 Project Sentry Meme & Logo Contest Rules


Deadline Date

All entries must be received by April 3, 2017, at the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 700, Greenville, South Carolina 29601. Winners will be notified on or about April 17, 2017.


Who May Enter

Any student in elementary, middle or high school in the State of South Carolina may submit an entry. Entries will be divided into the following categories:


Division 1 - Grades 1-2

Division 2 - Grades 3-5

Division 3 - Grades 6-8

Division 4 - Grades 9-12


Meme Specifications

Memes are an image, photograph, picture, or drawing accompanied by a humorous or clever caption conveying a message or idea. In our modern internet culture, they are used to effectively spread information and ideas through social media and other digital platforms.


Completed memes may be submitted on construction paper; poster tag or heavy paper. Photographs may be used as long as the image was taken by the contestant. Designs should not include any copyrighted materials such as cartoon or television characters. Submissions should not be laminated. Please limit entries to an approximate size of 8" x 11" and avoid the use of lined paper. All entries must include a slogan/ meme message, except for contestants in Division 1 and 2. Division 1 and 2 submissions may include a picture or image only without any particular messaging.


Meme Themes

Discuss with your students the goal of the contest B to prevent gun violence in your school by educating students about the dangers of gun violence and what warning signs to look for from peers. In almost every documented case of school gun violence, the student demonstrated warning signs that were not fully understood, addressed, or shared by, or with, people who could have helped. Contestant memes, therefore, can reflect (1) a warning sign or warning signs that students should be looking for related to gun violence; (2) resources for help with concerns about gun violence; or (3) general anti-gun-violence messages. Division 1 and 2 submissions may be a traditional preventing gun violence themed logo. Meme themes should be original, appropriate in subject matter and the product solely of the student who is entering the contest. (You may find the following video link helpful in starting the dialogue on this topic



Entries will be reviewed and judged by a panel of school-aged children picked by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Criteria for the selection of award-winning memes are:

  • Relationship of the meme or logo design to the goals of Project Sentry
  • Originality
  • Artwork
  • Visual Impact



Prizes will be awarded for each of the four grade divisions as follows:


Overall Winner $100.00 total

1st Place Winners of remaining three grade divisions $ 50.00


The overall winner will also be considered to be the winner of his or her grade division and will only receive one prize ($100 cash award - $50.00 for winning division and $50.00 for winning overall). The overall winning meme will also be reprinted in Project Sentry materials. Other grade division meme winners may also be reprinted on materials at the sole discretion of the U.S. Attorney's Office.



All entries must include a Project Sentry Contest application. (NOTE: please attach an application to EACH entry by stapling or gluing the application to the back of the entry so that the entry cannot be separated from the application. This insures that we have the student's name/grade division/school name with their entry.) Finally, the entry should be mailed to:



Joe Brewer

United States Attorney's Office

District of South Carolina

55 Beattie Place, Suite 700

Greenville, SC 29601


Terms and Conditions of Participation

By submitting a meme or logo in our contest, you agree to the following terms and conditions on behalf of the participating student:

I am submitting the meme or logo on behalf of my student and have discussed these contest rules with my student and/or their parents. In exchange for contest consideration, any and all legal rights of title and ownership in the submitted project (including copyright protections) shall become the legal right of the U.S. Attorney=s Office. The U.S. Attorney's Office shall have free use of such project for any and all purposes for which it sees fit, without any further obligation to me or the student. The submission was the sole creation of the named student. I understand that projects submitted for consideration will not be returned. Furthermore, I agree that the name of the student can and will be used in press releases, U.S. Attorney=s Office website, U.S. Attorney=s Office publications, and any other documents that the U.S. Attorney=s Office sees fit without any further notice to me or the student.


Project Sentry Meme & Logo Contest Application 2017

Please submit the following information for each participating student and attach to the back of the student=s entry:



Student's Name:


Grade Level _______ Teacher's Name:


EMAIL Address for Teacher/Contact:




Address to which correspondence should be mailed to:

Attention of (School Name and Contact):




Street Address (No P.O. Boxes):


City, State, Zip:


Phone Number:


Please mail application and submission to:


Joe Brewer

U.S. Attorney's Office, District of S.C.

55 Beattie Place, Suite 700

Greenville, SC 29601

Telephone: 864-282-2100

Fax: 864-233-3158


All Entries must be received by: April 3, 2017


Updated March 20, 2017