Rules and Regulations


This overview of rules and regulations will help familiarize you with the requirements for the competition. The final, official rules may include changes, amendments and/or additions to this overview.

Categories and Judging

A student should enter his/her website as an Individual project if he/she did all of the work on the site. Categories for individuals are Information/Education, Business/Commercial, and Personal.

A website created by a class or group of students should be entered by the teacher responsible for the class/group in the Group category.


Any student in good standing in grades 9 through 12 in any public, private or parochial school may enter as an individual or as part of a class. Home-schooled students may enter as individuals.

To be eligible for prizes, student(s) must attend school in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina, or Lorain counties.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage original work, thus student(s) must do all research, design, photography, artwork and production of website, except as explained below. Sites created by using on- or off-line templates are not acceptable.

Number of Entries

A student or teacher may enter a maximum of three (3) websites.

Sites Not Online

If your site is not online as of the entry deadline, you can enter by sending it on CD-ROM. All files necessary for proper display of your site must be included. Test carefully before sending it!


In the first round of judging, each site is reviewed by at least three judges, whose scores are totalled to select semi-finalists in each category. The semi-finalist sites are reviewed a second time by judges who then select first and second place winners in each category, along with an overall Grand Prize winner.

Sites are evaluated for:

  • Design: appropriateness, ease of use, visual appeal
  • Content: quality and quantity of information; quality of writing and images
  • Technical: functionality, performance (including download speed), interactive features

See sample judging form for more information.

For a printable PDF version of the form, download: PDF Sample Judging Form

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Copyrighted Material

You may not use intellectual property (text, data, sound, or images) created by another person without obtaining written permission from its author/creator. The creator(s) and original source(s) must be listed on the References/Citation sheet, with written permission(s) attached.

Permission to Publish

By entering this competition you are giving Cuyahoga Community College permission to publish your work on its website and in all forms of promotional material, electronic, print or other. You maintain copyright ownership to your website and are responsible for its content.


Student, teacher, and parent or guardian of student must sign the official competition entry form. In doing so, student(s), parent and teacher state that:

  • To the best of their knowledge, all design and production of the website was done by student(s).
  • Any material not created by student (text, graphics, music, etc.) is used with permission of its creator(s) and properly credited to them
  • They agree that the student's name and school may be used in publicity about the competition.
  • They agree to be bound by rules of this competition, including all decisions by judges, competition organizers, and all federal, state and local laws.

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Decision of Judges

All decisions by judges with respect to any aspect of the competition are final and binding on student(s), parent(s) and teacher(s). They are not subject to review.

2007 Judges

No Substitution of Prizes

Winners receive prizes as described on this website; prizes have no cash value and no substitutions or exchanges are permitted.

Changes to Rules and Deadlines

Cuyahoga Community College retains the right to modify all rules and deadlines if necessary. Notification will be provided by e-mail and on the competition website. The preceding is an overview of competition rules. If your site is chosen as a Semi-Finalist you will receive the official printed entry forms to fill out. The completed, signed forms must be received before the final judging date in order for your entry to stay in competition.

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