2013 National Anthem Contest
As part of AFHE's 30th Anniversary celebration, AFHE recently hosted a National Anthem Contest for Arizona homeschooled students and homeschool graduates age 25 and under. The winner will lead the homeschool community in singing the National Anthem at Homeschool Day at the Capitol on Monday morning, March 4, 2013.
AND THE WINNER IS...
Votes from our Facebook poll, online poll, and committee were tallied and a winner has been selected. Congratulations to Kayla Madore who will lead us in singing the Star Spangled Banner at Homeschool Day at the Capitol on Monday, March 4, 2013.
VIEW THE SEMI-FINALIST VIDEOS
VIEW THE VIDEOS of the five semi-finalists here.
The AFHE National Anthem Contest is open to Arizona homeschooled students and homeschool graduates age 25 and under. The contest is open to Arizona residents only and is limited to students who are being taught at home by their parents in accordance with ARS §15-802 or graduates who were homeschooled at least all four years of high school. AFHE membership is not required.
Students that are between the age of 6 and 16 must have an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool on file with their County School Superintendent’s office. Students who are enrolled in a virtual charter school (public-school-at-home program) are not eligible to participate. Graduates who were enrolled in a virtual charter school during their 9th-12th grade years are ineligible.
The contest opens November 5, 2012 and closes January 18, 2013.
All online entry forms with links to video recordings of the student/graduate singing the National Anthem must be submitted no later than January 18, 2013.
JUDGING / SELECTION OF SEMI-FINALISTS AND WINNER
All submissions will be reviewed by a judging committee. A number of semi-finalists will be selected and the homeschool community then will be invited to vote during a one-week period in early February. Semi-finalists will be asked to provide the actual video file to AFHE by January 24, 2013. The winner of the National Anthem Contest will be selected from the semi-finalists by a combination of committee votes and votes from the homeschool community, family, and friends through AFHE's Facebook page and the AFHE website. The winner will be notified by February 15.
GROUP SUBMISSIONS PERMITTED
We will accept submissions from individual students as well as duos, trios, or quartets.
PERMISSION TO PUBLISH
By submitting a video recording for the AFHE National Anthem Contest, the participant or parent/legal guardian for students under age 18 grants AFHE permission to publish the video recording submission on the AFHE website, Facebook page, or other medium. In addition, if selected as the winner, the participant or parent/legal guardian for students under age 18 grants AFHE permission to publish video footage of the performance at Homeschool Day at the Capitol on the AFHE website, AFHE Facebook page, or other medium.
HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE CAPITOL
The contest winner will lead the homeschool community in singing the national anthem at Homeschool Day at the Capitol on Monday morning, March 4, 2013. The winner can sing acapella or provide an accompaniament track on CD.
Please upload a video recording of the student singing the National Anthem to Vimeo, YouTube, or other video hosting site and provide the link to the video for the committee to review. There is a field towards the end of the online entry form to provide this video link.
There is no fee to participate in the AFHE National Anthem Contest.
Only the first verse will be sung at Homeschool Day at the Capitol.
The Star Spangled Banner
by Francis Scott Key
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursing in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?