Awards, Credits, Prizes & Programs

Opportunities for Teachers & Students

Opportunities for Teachers & Students

OCTA is proud to support and recognize educators and students through awards, an honorarium, and annual prizes.

Announcements of the Winners from Western Calendar 2016

OCTA Young Artists 2016 Western Calendar Winners

Announcing the Winners in the 2016 Western Calendar Contest

The art work for the 2016 calendar “Emigrant & Indian Children’s Toys & Games – 2016” has been selected and the new calendar is now available for purchase for $10.00 through OCTA headquarters.

CONGRATULATIONS to our young artists whose work was selected and THANKS to all the other students who submitted their work and their teachers!

The fourteen students honored are listed with their teachers and schools:  Xi Nicole Wei - Mrs. Van, Golden View El. School, San Ramon, CA; Katie Hornbuckle - Mrs. Watts, Golden View El. School, San Ramon, CA; Henry Morgan - Mrs. Gorman, John Paul II, Overland Park, KS; Jasmine Brown, Arli Williams, Nick Tagge, Sally Swensen - Mrs. Nielsen, Upland Terrace Elementary, Salt Lake City, UT; Ethan Astle, Lily Barton, Kate Goodwin - Mrs. Jenkins, Canyon Rim Academy, Salt Lake City, UT; Walker Ungricht – Mrs. Lowry, Canyon Rim Academy, Salt Lake City, UT; Ashley Mathis, Alex Payne, Kelly Rice – Mrs. Romney, Canyon Rim Academy, Salt Lake City, UT. Leisha Black also works with the teachers from Canyon Rim.

The theme for our 2017 calendar is “Emigrant and Indian Modes of Transportation - 2017.”

For information on the calendar contest click on  “2017 Call for Artists” under  Western Calendar  below.


      Outstanding Educator Award

      Our first program, the Outstanding Educator Award seeks to honor some of these outstanding educators and institutions for their fine work. The award includes a $250.00 honorarium. Nominations for the Outstanding Educator Award are open to any individual and/or group of educators or institution that contributes significantly to students’ education about the 19th century westward overland migrations in the United States.

      Activity Book Raffle

      Each winter we sponsor our second program, an activity book raffle for a class set of one of our specially developed activity books on the Oregon-California Trail, Mormon Trail, Lewis and Clark Trail and Pony Express Trail.

      Western Calendar

      Each year the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) produces a special western calendar based on a particular theme. The calendar will be created using the original artwork of elementary students. Prizes will be awarded to each child whose artwork is selected. Each selected student receives a $50.00 prize.

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