Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 Information

High/Middle School Competition:

Date: Week of April 14 – April 17, 2020
Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18

368 Tioga Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704



April 14, 2020 – Project Drop Off (See specific regional rules for details)
April 15-17th, 2020 – Competition/Judging (See specific regional rules for details)
April 17, 2020 – Awards Ceremony via video conference at 11:00 a.m.

Specific Regional Rules


  • Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Location: Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Projects will be dropped off at the LIU Office Building, 368 Tioga Avenue, Kingston by April 14, 2020. The LIU staff will set up the projects (graphic design with board) and prepare them for display and judging, please note graphic design and logo are combined as one project this year and 3D Design is also a new category. All movies, animation and web pages are to be handed in on CD’s, DVD’s, or flash drives. Display boards will not be accepted this year outside of Graphic Design.   We are not expecting the need for computers to be brought to the IU, however we can accommodate if the project requires it. Programming projects may require specific devices, please plan to bring everything needed to run programming projects, including hardware.
  • Narratives, flow charts and sign off sheets are required to be submitted for all projects. Please review specific rubrics to make sure all requirements are met.
  • After last year’s success we are suggesting that all projects have a binder, paper or electronic, with all the documents required for judging and the digital files on a CD. The binders make judging easier and keep all the documentation and media together through the process.
  • Drop off hours on the 14th will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we are willing to assist advisors in picking up projects if we can schedule it before the 8th.  Early submissions will be accepted the week of April 1st during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to these changes we feel the need to limit entries to two entries per category, per school building.



  • Dates: April 15-17, 2020

The 11th is reserved for judging.  All projects will be reviewed by a team of judges over the day and scored as per the fair’s revised rubrics. We will reach out to the advisor with questions or concerns if they arise in judging, so having complete contact information is imperative. If we reach out and get no response in a timely manner we will disqualify the project and move forward with judging. This occurred on one occasion because we didn’t have good contact information and couldn’t reach the advisor through email or the school office phone.



  • Entries will be limited to two projects per category per high school.
  • Students may work individually or in groups. Groups will be limited to three students.
  • Make sure you visit the websites and review the rules and rubrics. Also please ensure all students receive the rules and the rubric as they prepare for the competition.
  • It is highly suggested that every student participating read the scoring rubric for their category. This will help student create projects that align with the goals and intent of the competition.
  • All entries must designate a faculty member or sponsor. All communication will go through that person. The faculty member or sponsor must accompany students to the regional and state competitions. All entries must register online and be submitted by the faculty member.
  • There will be no entrance fee charged to either the school district or student to participate.
Copyright Requirements

The PA Media and Design Competition, although educational, removes the student work from the classroom and therefore requires the student to get permission from the owner to use any copyrighted music, video, graphics, etc. Fair use does NOT apply. Remember to credit music or items that were created by yourself or friends as well.

Display boards or other items that are included with, but not part of, the project may not contain copyrighted material. Display boards are not judged for appearance, however, they will be inspected and can cause the project to be disqualified if copyrighted material is found.

The Copyright Signoff form, Project Narrative/Summary, and Photo Release form have been combined into one file for your convenience (Media and Design Competition Participation Packet). This completed packet MUST accompany every project. Click here to download.

Narrative Description

Each student must submit a narrative description/project summary with each entry into the PA Media and Design Competition. The PA Media and Design Competition Participation Packet includes the document with instructions on what information to include. The summary will be the student’s opportunity to provide judges with any background information they wish the judges to be aware of during the judging process. The summary will be placed with each project for the judges to read as they evaluate the student’s entry. This summary should not be more than one page and must include the following items:

  • The project’s objectives, vision and/or overall purpose.
  • A list of the software applications used to create the project. List any additional equipment (scanners, digital camera, etc.) used in the creation of your project.
  • List the approximate time spent creating the project and name all contributors to the project.
  • If design elements/graphics are included, please describe where the elements originated. Please include citations of all design elements that are not original.
  • A brief description of the process used to create the project.
  • Any additional information the student feels the judges should be aware of while evaluating the project.


  • Date: April 17, 2020
  • Location: Video Conference ONLY via Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
  • Time: Tune in 11:00 a.m.

Important Dates

  • Online Registration deadline April 8, 2020
  • State Competition at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
    • May 19th – High School
    • May 20th – Middle School

Judging Criteria

  • Preliminary judging: a minimum of two judges will view the project to determine a group of finalist/s.
  • Final judging: All judges will view each of the finalist’s projects.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.

Contact Information

Ty Yost or Jane Jeffery
368 Tioga Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704

High School Logo Winner

Logo winner: Kalina Pechart, Abby Walter, and Destiney Wynn - Line Mountain High School

Middle School Logo Winner

Logo winner: Michael Chan - Arcola Intermediate School

Use the hashtag #pamediadesigncomp on all your social media posts