We solve problems essay contest official contest rules



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THE 2017 WE SOLVE PROBLEMS ESSAY CONTEST

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
The We Solve Problems Essay Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by The Gertsburg Law Firm Co., LPA, (“GLF”), the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce (“CVCC”), and We Solve Problems, a non-profit corporation established for the sole purpose of facilitating this Contest, together referred to as the (“Sponsors”). The purpose of the Contest is to demonstrate to high school students that, in business, it is not enough to have a great product or service if you cannot communicate its value. Similarly, great communicators are less effective in business without logical solutions to significant problems. The Contest will put students in direct contact with the local business community in which many of them will work one day, and will exercise the skills they’ll need to succeed.
The Sponsors are committed to fully complying with all laws and regulations, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). For more information about COPPA, GLF and CVCC encourage parents and legal guardians of minor children to visit: http://www.business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security/childrens-privacy.
This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Inc., Twitter, Inc. or any other social media organization. By entering the Contest, you agree to these official rules and to the terms and conditions of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You understand and agree that you are providing information to the Sponsors and that your submissions and the personal information collected from your submissions will be used and shared publicly.


  1. ENTRY PERIOD & ELIGIBILITY: The Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. EST on February 16, 2017. Submission ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 21, 2017. All submissions must be made within the foregoing time period. The Contest is open to 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students enrolled in Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Orange and Newbury High Schools as of February 15, 2017. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Contest is void outside the United States and where prohibited.




  1. HOW TO ENTER: In 600 words or less, solve the problem of distracted driving. Citations are encouraged and should be end-noted (i.e. footnote numbers inside the essay but actual citations corresponding to those footnotes appearing at the end of the essay). Citations will not count toward the word limit. Then, create an account and submit the essay through www.submittable.com. When you create an account, include your email and your full name. On your essay, however, only include your school ID number. You will enter your school and grade level when you submit your essay. No other identifying information about you should appear anywhere inside your essay.

All work must be original, except where properly quoted and cited. Prior to advancing to the third and final round, your essays will be re-submitted through www.turnitin.com for plagiarism checks.


By making a submission, you agree that your submission shall be governed by these Official Rules.


  1. SELECTION OF WINNERS: Judges will primarily include professionals, business leaders and government officials. First round judging will be on a “go / no-go” or “pass/fail” basis, and may advance to the second round if at least two judges believe, in their discretion, that the essay is satisfactory in at least 4 out of 5 categories. Please note that no actual numerical scoring will take place in the first round, thus making the first round necessarily somewhat subjective.

The judges will be reviewing the essays by reference to Official Contest Scorecard, which may be found at www.gertsburglaw.com/essay (the “Contest Website”). Judges will receive essays identifying students by their ID number and grade level only and without any other identifying names or school information. Three rounds of judging will take place. Winners of the first round will be announced on or around March 14, 2017 (top 10 essays per grade per school). Winners of the second round will be announced on or around March 27, 2017 (top two essays per grade per school). Winners of the third and final round, including best essay overall, will be announced on or around April 6, 2017.




  1. PRIZES: Winners will receive a cash prize, along with gifts and other prizes donated by businesses. The amount of the cash prize will depend on sponsorship, but at least $10,000 will be distributed among winners from each grade and their school as follows:




    • Each high school will receive $1,000, to be used towards implementing any student’s solutions to distracted driving

    • $1,000 and a Toshiba laptop computer to the winning 9th grader

    • $1,000 and a Toshiba laptop computer to the winning 10th grader

    • $1,000 and a Toshiba laptop computer to the winning 11th grader

    • $1,000 and a Toshiba laptop computer to the winning 12th grader

In addition to the above,



    • An additional $1,000 will go to the final student winner with the best essay overall

    • An additional $1,000 will go to the overall winning student’s school, to be used for any school purpose

Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions of prizes are offered, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, which reserve the right to substitute any part of a prize with another prize of equal or greater value.




  1. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified by e-mail and/or social media and/or the Website. The parent or legal guardian of each winner will also be contacted via e-mail. The name, school, and grade of the winners will be published by the Sponsors. By submitting an essay, you hereby grant each school and the Sponsors permission to use your essay and intellectual property and any derivative reproductions, including on the Website and the Sponsor’s websites, and for any marketing materials or reproduction purposes at the Sponsors’ discretion without providing you any additional consideration or seeking any additional approval from you in connection with such use (except where prohibited by law).


Unless prohibited by law, all students submitting essays agree to these Official Rules, and agree to have a parent or legal guardian sign the Parental Consent and Release Form, prior to March 27, 2017 in order to be eligible for any prize. Noncompliance may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.


  1. TAXES & FEES: All taxes, fees, expenses, and surcharges for prizes shall be the sole responsibility of winners. In the event that a winner is a minor, such costs shall be the sole responsibility of the child’s parent or legal guardian.




  1. DISCLAIMER: The opportunity to participate in the Contest may be affected by the ability to access the Internet at any particular time. The Sponsors and their agents shall not be responsible for lost, late, undelivered, or misdirected e-mail. The Sponsors and their agents shall not be responsible for internet, computer software or hardware failures of any kind. The Sponsors and their agents shall not be responsible for lost or unavailable computer, cable, or telephone network connections, or for failed, incomplete, or delayed computer or telephone transmissions of any kind, including those that result from any type of human error. The Sponsors and their agents shall not be responsible for any damage to any computer used to participate in the Contest.




  1. YOUR REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES. By making a submission, you:

    1. WARRANT AND REPRESENT THAT YOU OWN ALL RIGHTS TO YOUR SUBMISSION;

    2. As applicable, warrant and represent that you are the parent or guardian of the student identified in the submission.

    3. Warrant and represent that your submissions (i) are original to you and have been legally obtained and created, (ii) do not infringe on the intellectual property, privacy, or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party, and (iii) do not violate applicable laws or regulations;

    4. Irrevocably grant to the Sponsors, and their affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, designees, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce copy, transmit, publish, post, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), your child’s name, your name, address (city and state only), image, likeness and photograph, in any media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from you or any other party;

    5. Solely with respect to their submissions and the identifying information associated with them for publicity purposes, forever waive any rights of privacy, intellectual property, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude the Sponsors’ use of your submissions, and agree to never sue or assert any claim against the Sponsors, or the above mentioned parties’ use of your submissions;

    6. Agree to indemnify, defend and hold the Sponsors, and their affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, designees, agents and licensees, specifically including all judges and other sponsors relating in any way to the Contest (“Indemnities”) harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnities due to or arising out of your Submissions or conduct in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation; and

    7. Agree to release and indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Indemnities from any and all claims that any commercial, advertising, presentation, web content, or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of the Sponsors infringes on the rights of your work as contained in your Submissions.




  1. DISPUTES: The laws of the United States and the State of Ohio govern the Contest without giving effect to any choice-of-law or conflict-of-law rules which would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Ohio. All claims relating in any matter to this Contest must be resolved in the federal or state courts located in Cleveland, Ohio.




  1. QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: If you have any questions or comments about the Contest, please contact the Sponsors at the telephone number, or email address listed below:

Alex Gertsburg



ag@gertsburglaw.com

(440) 571-7775

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