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Campus Challenge: Categories and Rules

GENERAL COMPETITION RULES

Below are the general competition rules for Campus Challenge at Southern Wesleyan University. Scroll down for rules and rubrics on specific categories.

Participant Qualifications

  • AGE LIMIT – All participants must be within the approved age limit – 12 through 19 anytime during the year of the competition. Participants may compete the summer/fall following senior year in high school, but cannot compete past that fall.
  • REGISTRATION – Each participant must be registered and pay established entry fee.

Entry Qualifications

  • CHRISTIAN VALUES – Entries in all categories will be consistent with Christian values.
  • NUMBER OF ENTRIES – A participant may have no more than one entry per category, but there is no limit to the number of categories in which they may participate. Also, a participant may only participate in ONE GROUP per category.
  • REUSE OF ENTRIES – Participants may not reuse an entry for which they have been awarded a scholarship. A participant may not present the same entry in multiple categories.

Presentation

  • TIME LIMITS – Presentation must not exceed 5 minutes except in the Oration categories. The timekeeper will inform the participant when to begin the performance. If the performance goes over the allotted time limit, two points will be subtracted from the final score.
  • MEMORIZATION All participants must have their presentations memorized, with the exception of Instrumental Division Groups.
  • UNPUBLISHED MUSIC – Unpublished music is acceptable provided it includes a lead sheet and melody line. Make a note on the music copies that the piece is unpublished.
  • NON-ENGLISH ENTRIES – Presentations in a language other than English must include a translation into English. Translations must be typed and sent as a PDF to accompany the registration. 
  • CHRISTIAN VALUES – Entries in all categories will be consistent with Christian values. Music must be sacred or classical, appropriate for church music or to be performed in worship either historically or in contemporary practice, or any vocal music whose lyrics are Christian in context. See Category Rules for specific application.
  • SCORING CRITERIA – The official scoring sheets contain criteria on which each participant shall be judged. The participant is responsible to choose material that fits the criteria for the category. Each criteria will be scored on a numerical scale. The highest scores indicate the best performance.
  • ATTIRE – Campus Challenge is a scholarship competition. As such, a certain standard of dress is expected. Therefore, participants should keep the following guidelines in mind when choosing clothing or costuming appropriate for the competition:
    • You will be judged on the appropriateness of your appearance. An example of appropriate attire for men might be dress slacks and a collared shirt; for women, a pantsuit, dress, skirt or dress slacks and a nice top. (Exceptions: Dressing as a character for a dramatic presentation is an example of acceptable attire. Dressing in jeans and t-shirts because you are a “casual worship band” is not acceptable.)
    • Be careful not to dress in such a way as to inadvertently draw attention away from your performance.
    • When unsure, it is better to dress more conservatively.

 How to Create and Submit Your Video

 

  • 3/4 body view is required for vocal, instrumental and dramatic performances; to include face, arms and torso.

  • Volume should be balanced between music and vocal.

  • Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo as "public" or "unlisted", and share the link on the scholarship application

Watch the video below to hear former Campus Challenge scholarship winner Seth Williams present best practices for capturing video on your phone.

CATEGORIES

ART

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Defined as any completed work of art that is consistent with generally accepted Christian principles, and is an outgrowth of the artist’s Christian faith.
  • You must submit a Fine Arts Idea Statement with your entry. This statement must accompany the entry or there will be a two point deduction.
  • You must submit a video commentary explaining your artwork and the Fine Arts Idea Statement.
  • You may upload up to three image files (either .jpg or .png format) of your artwork.

Dance Solo/Group

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your performance and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.

Dramatic Presentation Group (Drama & Mime)

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your presentation must be Christian in content.
  • Dance is not allowed in this category.
  • Your presentation and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your presentation must be memorized.
  • You must submit a PDF of your manuscript.

Dramatic Presentation Solo (Drama & Mime)

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your presentation must be Christian in content.
  • Dance is not allowed in this category.
  • Your presentation and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your presentation must be memorized.
  • You must submit a PDF of your manuscript.

Instrumental & Vocal Group (Worship Teams)

Score Sheet

Rules

  • There must be at least 3 and no more than 15 members in the group.
  • NO adult musicians allowed.
  • Your song must be Christian in content.
  • Your song and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • The vocal portion of your performance must be memorized.
  • Music/score is not required for this category. You may choose to provide judges with a lyric sheet.

Instrumental Small/Large Ensemble

Score Sheet

Rules

  • You must not exceed the number of participants allowed in each category: 
    • Small Ensemble – 2 to 8 participants
    • Large Ensemble – 9 or more participants
  • Your selection must be consistent with Christian values. For more information see the General Rules.
  • Your selection and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your selection does not have to be memorized.
  • A copy of the music in PDF must accompany your registration.

Instrumental Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your selection must be consistent with Christian values. For more information see the General Rules.
  • Your selection and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your selection must be memorized.
  • DRUMS: Music is required. If no drum music is available you may write out your own arrangement. The arrangement must be clear and accurate. The performance will be judged according to the arrangement provided.
  • Submit a PDF of your music with your registration.

Keyboard Group

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your selection must be consistent with Christian values. For more information see the General Rules.
  • Your selection and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your selection does not have to be memorized.
  • Submit a PDF of your music with your registration.

Keyboard Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your selection must be consistent with Christian values. For more information see the General Rules.
  • Your selection and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your selection must be memorized.
  • Submit a PDF of your music with your registration.

Literature

Score Sheet

Rules

  • This category includes poetry and prose.
  • Entry must be Christian in content.
  • Entry must be 1000 words or less.
  • Submit a PDF of your literature with your registration.
  • You must submit a Fine Arts Idea Statement with your entry. This statement must accompany the entry or there will be a two point deduction.

Music Composition Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Includes instrumental and vocal compositions.
  • It does not need to be performed by the composer.
  • It does not have to be memorized.
  • Presentation must not exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • The composer should be prepared to answer questions relating to inspiration, process, personal meaning, etc.
  • Your entry must include a LEAD SHEET.
  • You will be scored on the Christian emphasis of your entry.
  • You must submit a Fine Arts Idea Statement with your entry. This statement must accompany the entry or there will be a two point deduction.

Object Lesson Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Your presentation must be Christian in content.
  • Your presentation and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your presentation must be memorized.
  • A script is not required.

Original Oration Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Includes speeches or sermons written by the participant.
  • Entry must be Christian in content.
  • Presentation must be memorized.
  • Presentation must be 4 to 7 minutes long. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Submit a PDF of your manuscript with your registration.

Photography

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Defined as any completed photographic work of art that is consistent with generally accepted Christian principles, and is an outgrowth of the artist’s Christian faith.
  • The project can be black and white, color, or special effect (such as sepia, etc.).
  • You must submit a Fine Arts Idea Statement with your entry. This statement must accompany the entry or there will be a two point deduction.
  • You must submit a video commentary explaining your photography and the Fine Arts Idea Statement.
  • You may upload up to three image files (either .jpg or .png format) of your photography.

Standard Oration Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Includes speeches which are expositions, patriotic readings, or narratives.
  • Entry must be Christian in content.
  • Presentation must be memorized.
  • Presentation must be 4 to 7 minutes long. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Submit a PDF of your manuscript with your registration.

Videography

Score Sheet

Rules

  • Create a video representing an idea or opinion of Christian content.
  • You must submit a Fine Arts Idea Statement with your entry. This will help the judges understand what your entry is all about and understand the concept that you want to portray with your entry. You must submit this “statement” or else you will be deducted 2 points by each judge on your evaluation score sheets.
  • The video may be done in black and white or color.
  • The video must not exceed a 3 minute time limit. There is not a set minimum time limit but the maximum time limit is 3 minutes.

Vocal Ensemble & Choir

Score Sheet

Rules

  • You must not exceed the number of participants allowed in each category: 
    • Small Ensemble – 2 to 8 participants
    • Large Ensemble – 9 to 16 participants
    • Choir – 17 or more participants
  • The lyrics of your song must be Christian in content.
  • Your song and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your song must be memorized.
  • Submit a PDF of your music with your registration.

Vocal Solo

Score Sheet

Rules

  • The lyrics of your song must be Christian in content.
  • Your song and any spoken introduction must not exceed five minutes in length. Two points will be subtracted from your score if you exceed this limit.
  • Your song must be memorized.
  • Submit a PDF of your music with your registration.

 

Application & Contact 

Campus Challenge will be a virtual competition in 2020. Submissions must be video recorded and uploaded to a public platform such as YouTube or Vimeo, and the link shared via the application. Click the link to submit your application for Campus Challenge 2020!

I'm Ready to Apply!

When

Submissions are due July 25. Winners will be announced by August 5.

How Much

$35 per individual entry (students may enter in multiple categories)

Who to Contact

Rev. Gail Kerstetter: