Draper Park Middle School Viking Scholar 2019-2020
The Viking Scholar program is Draper Park’s version of the high school Sterling Scholar program, designed to give Draper Park’s 8th grade students an opportunity to demonstrate their excellence in a variety of subjects and earn a scholarship from Jordan Credit Union. This is a prestigious, competitive program unique to Draper Park Middle School.
Viking Scholar 2019-2020 Interview and Audition Update
As the cancellation of in-person instruction and many events at schools across the state continues, I wanted to update you on how we have decided to move forward with the Viking Scholar interviews and auditions that were originally scheduled for the morning of March 27, 2020. You should have received a letter in the mail that informed you of which events your application is moving forward in the competition.
Each individual subject committee has determined the next steps for the Viking Scholar interviews and auditions. Below is a description of what to do in place of the traditional interview format. As always, if you have questions or concerns, you’re welcome to email Mr. Seltz at Randall.Seltz@CanyonsDistrict.org. Subject-specific questions should be directed towards the individual teacher listed in each subject.
Many of the projects will ask you to record yourself responding to the interview questions. When possible, record the videos for the project by positioning the camera so that the viewer can see you clearly and that you have as close to a blank background as possible. Use a quiet room that is free of distractions.
Career and Technical Education (CTE and FACS)
Please record a video of yourself answering the following questions. Share the video with Ms. Nichols on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020 by 9:00am. Ms. Nichols’s CSD Docs email is Loni.Nichols@csddocs.org.
Here are the questions for the CTE Video Interview:
- Tell us why you applied for the Viking Scholar.
- Tell us what CTE classes you have been enrolled in.
- Tell us how these CTE classes have helped you and will continue to help you throughout your life.
- Tell us what CTE classes you plan to take in high school.
- Tell us about some service you have done for your community also explain why service is important.
- Tell us about the project you made for Viking Scholar.
- Tell us what career options you are considering in the future.
Please record a video of yourself singing the music piece you submitted for your portfolio. There are no interview questions – just focus on creating a high-quality recording of your voice. Share the video with Mr. Crowley on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020 by 9:00am. Mr. Crowley’s CSD Docs email is: Samuel.Crowley@csddocs.org.
Please record 2 videos and share them with Ms. Wilson on CSD Docs. Ms. Wilson’s email is Candice.Wilson@csddocs.org.
Video 1: Record a video of you performing the choreography you created.
Video 2: Record yourself answering the following questions:
- What was the inspiration for the movement you created?
- What Elements of Dance did you use in your movement?
- Why is dance important to include in public education?
- Why do you dance? For instance: what is your motivation to dance? What inspires you? Does it help you in other ways?
Please record a video of yourself answering the following questions. Share the video with Ms. Pedersen on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020, by 9:00am. Ms. Pedersen’s CSD Docs email is Heike.Pedersen@csddocs.org.
Answer the following questions in order.
- How did you become interested in English Language Arts?
- What are your educational/academic goals?
- How will your ELA skills help you achieve your future career plans?
- How will receiving the Viking Scholar English Award help you achieve these goals?
- What is your greatest strength in your English class? Why is ______________ your strength?
- How have the leadership opportunities you talked about in your Viking Scholar application helped you grow as a person, and as a writer?
- Please describe your writing process for the literary piece you submitted (i.e. where you got the idea, pre-writing/planning, writing – getting in the groove, and editing).
Please record 2 videos as detailed below. Share the videos with Mr. Giddings on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020, by 9:00am. Mr. Giddings’s CSD Docs email is: Zachary.Giddings@csddocs.org.
Video 1: A video of you performing your selected piece. While formal dress is not required, it is recommended. If your piece requires piano accompaniment, it is not necessary for this audition.
Video 2: Answer the following questions in order.
- Tell us about your musical “origin story!” How did you get into music, why you have stayed in music, etc.
- What does music mean to you? Why is music important to you and to society?
- Tell us about your favorite musical memory. Why is it your favorite musical memory? What did you learn from it?
- Where do you see yourself going in music? How do you plan to keep music in your life?
- Why should we pick you to be Viking Scholar?
Please contact Ms. Ripa to schedule your interview. Her email is: Brandi.Ripa@CanyonsDistrict.org.
Please record a video of yourself answering the following questions. Share the video with Ms. Muir on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020, by 9:00am. Ms. Muir’s CSD Docs email is Jennifer.Muir@csddocs.org.
Answer the following questions in order.
- Why did you choose to apply for the Viking Scholar in Science?
- Why did you choose to highlight the STEM career that you chose?
- What are your goals after high school graduation? College plans? Career plans?
- During your time in science at Draper Park Middle School, what is one content area that you have mastered that you feel is very helpful to improving the world?
- Why should we choose you for Science Viking Scholar?
Please record a video of yourself answering the following questions. Share the video with Mr. Collette on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020, by 9:00am. Mr. Collette’s CSD Docs email is Jared.Collette@csddocs.org.
Answer the following questions in order. The video should be about 10-15 minutes long.
- Why did you pick your topic(s) as the most important for 2019?
- If you were able to go back now and reselect the most important events of 2019, would your choices be different? Why?
- What historical parallels can you find for the events that you chose and events that we have discussed in your US history class?
- Based on what you consider to be the most important issues of 2019, what advice would you give to president Trump if you could?
- Many have argued that learning history can help us make wiser decisions for the future. What ways can history help us through our present challenges?
- In what ways can learning history help us overcome our challenges that you shared in your essay?
Please record 3 videos of yourself – there are more details about what the videos should include below. Share the videos with Ms. Heiner on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020, by 9:00am. Ms. Heiner’s CSD Docs email is Erica.Heiner@csddocs.org.
Video 1: Record yourself performing the first monologue you prepared.
Video 2: Record yourself performing the second monologue you prepared.
Video 3: Record yourself answering the following questions:
- Why are you drawn to theatre?
- How has theatre impacted your life?
- In your opinion, why should theatre artists be well-rounded individuals?
- Willem Dafoe once said “Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.” What does that quote mean to you, and how can we as artists apply that philosophy to our work?
Please record a video of yourself answering the following questions. Share the video with Ms. Schott on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020, by 9:00am. Ms. Schott’s CSD Docs email is Meghan.Schott@csddocs.org. If you are having any trouble making a video and submitting it please email Mrs. Schott at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can assist you!
Here are the questions for visual arts:
- How do you get your ideas for your artwork?
- What is your favorite medium and why?
- Out of the art pieces you submitted in your portfolio, choose your favorite piece and tell us about it (How you made it, how you came up with the idea).
- How do you plan to use art in the future?
- Why is art an important part of your life?
- What is your greatest strength in art?
- What is your biggest weakness in art?
- If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Please record a video of yourself answering the following questions. Share the video with Ms. Lowe-Dupas, Mr. Rothert, and Ms. Zhang on CSD Docs by March 27, 2020, by 9:00am.
The emails for the teachers on this committee are:
Please respond to these questions in ENGLISH. Answer the following questions in order.
- Introduce yourself and tell us why you deserve this award.
- Tell us about your most positive service experience.
- Tell us about one of your leadership roles. What have you learned from it?
- In your essay you wrote about … (place: China/La Réunion/Peru). Why did you choose (place)? What was the most interesting thing that you learned as you were working on the essay?
- How do you plan to apply your foreign language skills and experience in the future?
- What is your greatest accomplishment in Mandarin/French/Spanish language and culture?
Viking Scholar Important Dates and Deadlines
Step 1: Complete application linked here:
You will need your Canyons School District CSD Docs log-in information in order to access the application. If you are getting a message that says you do not have access to the application, you need to sign in to Google Drive and try the link again.
For the application step you will need to know the following:
- Your Canyons School District student ID number (your lunch number)
- Which 2 subject categories you wish to apply for
- Your grade point average (GPA)
- Your citizenship grades
- A list of awards, certificates, recognition you have received in your academic career, but preferably in middle school
- Information about leadership roles you have held at school or in the community
- Why you want to apply for Viking Scholar, written in a one-page, five-paragraph essay
Application Deadline: January 13, 2020, 3:00pm.
Step 2: Begin building your portfolio by collecting artifacts that demonstrate your skill, interest, personality, and achievement in the categories you have applied in.
Portfolios should demonstrate a variety of abilities and knowledge in the subject area. For example, in Language Arts, the portfolio should include many written pieces from different genres.
In some categories, such as performing arts and theatre, candidates will be asked to perform a scene from a play or musical, sing a song, or play an instrument in order to demonstrate your proficiency, so this is a good time to start preparing that selection.
Portfolio Deadline: February 27, 2020, Student Center, 3:00pm.
Step 3: If you are selected for the next round, you will be asked to schedule a time when you can interview with a panel of your teachers, and, if applying in performing arts, perform a selection that demonstrates your skill in that category.
Here are the instructions and expectation for each subject area portfolio:
- Instrumental Music
- Social Studies
- Visual Art
- Vocal Music
- World Language
The interviews and performances will be scheduled during the week of March 23, 2020, with most interviews taking place between 7:00AM – 9:00AM on March 27.
Step 4: Using the interviews and performances, portfolios, GPA, citizenship, and leadership information, candidates will be evaluated and a winner will be chosen.
The Viking Scholar banquet is tentatively scheduled for May 7, 2020.