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North American International Auto Show announces 2018 
high school poster contest

​PRNewswire/ -- The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced today the launch of its annual poster contest. Now in its 30th year, the NAIAS poster contest was created to engage the creative minds of Michigan’s high school students and encourage careers in automotive design. For the 2017 contest, NAIAS received 890 entries from 70 high schools across the state.
     "It is amazing to me that with nearly 1,000 entries, each one is very unique and I enjoy seeing how they represent our great show in their works," said Ryan LaFontaine, 2018 NAIAS Chairman.
     The judges will choose winners in the following 16 categories:
1. Chairmen's Award – $1,000
2. State Farm Award – $1,000
3. Designer's Best of Show: Digital – $500
4. Designer's Best of Show: Traditional – $500
5. Best Theme – $250
6. Best Use of Color – $250
7. Most Creative – $250
8. 1st Place: 10th Grade – $500
9. 1st Place: 11th Grade – $500
10. 1st Place: 12th Grade – $500
11. 2nd Place: 10th Grade – $250
12. 2nd Place: 11th Grade – $250
13. 2nd Place: 12th Grade – $250
14. 3rd Place: 10th Grade – $100
15. 3rd Place: 11th Grade – $100
16. 3rd Place: 12th Grade – $100
     The NAIAS poster contest is open to all Michigan students enrolled in grades 10 through 12. An independent panel of judges, including College for Creative Studies instructors, automaker designers and State Farm representatives, will review the submissions and select the winning posters. 
     Winning posters will be displayed at NAIAS 2018 and reproduced in the official NAIAS program, which is available to all auto show attendees. Winning posters will also be displayed on the official NAIAS website.
     Posters must be original artwork, 18 x 24 in size, two-dimensional and camera ready. The poster theme must be automotive related, and any mixed media suitable for reproduction as a poster is allowed, including computer-generated graphics. Posters must contain all of the following copy: "2018 NAIAS or 2018 North American International Auto Show," "Detroit" and "Cobo Center."
     To view official rules and to view the 2017 poster contest winners, please visit the Poster Contest page on the NAIAS website. Additional questions may be directed to Sandy Herp at 248.283.5138 or sherp@dada.org.
     The entry deadline is November 21, 2017.

Top things to consider when selecting 
after-school activities
(StatePoint) Parents seeking positive, meaningful extracurricular activities for their children may struggle to identify the right programs for their kids, especially if busy family schedules limit options. While many youth programs help children socialize and learn new skills, some go further to help shape who kids may become as adults.
     When choosing activities for young children, consider the following:
• Diverse experiences: Keep things interesting and engaging for your child. Select programs that offer a range of activities and adventures.
• Talented volunteers or staff: Ask, “What type of training do volunteers and staff members receive?” The answer to this is key as you help ensure your child will be mentored by positive role models.
• Program values: Learn what the organization’s goals are, how it teaches children about building character and good citizenship, and how it helps youth explore their goals.
• Scheduling: Extracurricular activities can be time consuming. Find out what meetings and activities are required to ensure the program works for your family.
• Starting now: Today’s parents are more likely to engage their children in activities at a younger age, according to a survey by Forrester. Consider enrolling your children in extracurricular activities early, perhaps even before formal education begins. This can help foster their long-term development.
     Still not sure what activities are right for your children? One choice with compelling outcomes is Scouting. Kids who participate in Scouting exhibit strong moral values and positive character attributes, allowing them to embrace new opportunities, overcome obstacles and become better prepared for future success, suggests a study of kids age 6 to 12 conducted by Tufts University.
  For this reason, parents looking to create a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community in their children may consider Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. While many people associate these programs with camping and outdoor adventures, the Boy Scouts of America also offers programs for youth with other unique interests. Here are some highlights:
• Lion: This pilot program for 5 and 6-year-old or kindergarten-age boys and their parents, combines concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness and citizenship, with age-appropriate, fun activities.
• STEM Scouts: To keep pace with the growing importance of STEM-related careers, the STEM Scouts pilot program helps boys and girls in grades 3 through 12 learn more about science, technology, engineering and math through interactive, hands-on activities and experiments.
• Exploring: The expanded Exploring program offers young men and women ages 14-20, real-world career experiences that help build confidence and discover interests in fields like law enforcement, firefighting, aviation, engineering, and medicine.
  Learn more about Scouting programs and how to get involved in your community at beascout.org.
  Before enrolling in a program, it’s important to ensure the time is well spent. Do your research and seek out programs that help your child build character and have fun in the process.