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Illinois Bicentennial

Illinois High School and College Students…

Break out your smartphones and video cameras and become a part of Bicentennial History!!!

Something to Learn About Illinois History

Video Contest

Illinois High School and College students across the State are invited to submit a 45 to 60 second self-made video (horizontal/landscape format preferred) highlighting a fact, event, place, person or something to learn about the incredible history of Illinois. 100 winners will be chosen and may be aired and posted as part of the Bicentennial Countdown.

End your video with “My name is                          and I am Illinois Proud”.

Each winner whose video is selected will receive two tickets to the Sunday, December 3, 2017, Chicago matinee performance of HAMILTON; the official start of the Bicentennial Celebration.

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The Contest is only open to legal residents of Illinois in an Illinois high school or students, whether Illinois residents or not, registered in a university, college, community college, or technical school in Illinois. To participate, complete the entry form below with your name, email address and provide the URL for your submission.

The contest is open from July 17th, 2017 through November 12th, 2017. Winning videos may be aired as part of the Bicentennial’s 100 Day Countdown through social media platforms and Bicentennial media partners. Winners will be selected by a committee of judges on a rolling basis. Entrants must agree to the terms of the entire set of rules.