On-the-Spot contest

In addition to the great speakers we have on board for The IHSPA Fall Conference October 25, 2018 we also conduct our annual On-The-Spot Contest. This is a state-level competition for academic honors. A victory here is a victory in the state of Iowa.

 Students from your school may compete in the On-the-Spot competition in News Writing.


  • You must attend to compete.
  • Multiple students from each school may enter each competition.
  • Contestants cover an assigned news presentation in the writing; these assignments will be designated in the conference brochure, which will be available upon arrival at the registration desk.
  • The fee for each contestant is $5.

Overview of News Writing Contest:

  • The contestants from your school should be prepared to take notes during the designated presentation. Dictionaries, electronic spell checkers, thesauruses and stylebooks are allowed (this includes phones for the purposes of note taking and spellchecking). Bring notebooks, 8.5 x 11 sheets of lined paper for writing and blank sheets for drawing, pens for writing, or pencils for drawing.
  • Following the presentation, contestants proceed to the room indicated in the program brochure to write or draw, as if they were working for the school newspaper. Articles are handwritten and should be printed clearly so that judges can read them.


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On-the-Spot contest