Gov. Rick Snyder announces student design contest for 2016 State of the State program cover

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan high school, junior high, and elementary school students are encouraged to submit designs for the cover of the 2016 Michigan State of the State program contest, Gov. Rick Snyder announced today.

Snyder will deliver his sixth State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature in the state House Chambers on Tuesday, Jan.19 at 7 p.m. The winner of the student design contest will have the opportunity to meet Snyder and attend the address with one guest.

“This contest allows Michigan students to use their creativity to be part of one of our state’s longstanding traditions,” Gov. Snyder said. “Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate, and the design is up to their imagination.  This contest is about having fun and celebrating the talent of Michigan’s students.”

Students can submit their designs today through Jan. 3.  The top five designs - judged by their creativity and originality - will be announced through social media on Jan. 5 and posted on Snyder’s Facebook page. The winning design will be determined by which one receives the most ‘Likes’ on Facebook by the end of the day on Jan. 8. 

Contest entries should be sized to fit on a 8 inch x 5.5 inch cover.  Students on a separate sheet should include their name, phone number, address, and email address, as well as their parent or guardian’s name, phone number, address, and email address, with their submissions. 

Students can submit their designs by email to or via mail to: 

Governor Snyder’s Communications Office

111 South Capitol Avenue

P.O. Box 30013

Lansing, Michigan 48909 

Advance media credentialing will be required for the State of the State address and will be handled by Bob Dobski in the House Republican Communications Office. He can be reached at

Broadcast and live-stream details will be announced as they are finalized closer to the date.

State of the State program design contest information 

Rules & conditions

1. ENTRY:  The contest to design the State of the State program cover will be announced on December 4, 2015.  Submissions will be accepted through January 3, 2016. No purchase necessary to enter or win.  Contestants submitting an entry must have their parent or guardian’s permission to enter and must provide their name, age, and address and the name and contact telephone number of their parent or guardian. Governor Snyder’s Executive Office (the “Executive Office”) will only use this information in relation to the contest (including confirming eligibility) and will not use it for any other purposes whatsoever. Contestants may submit only one entry. No joint submissions will be accepted and contestants may not submit an entry on behalf of another person. Contestants may enter by submitting photos via email to or via mail to:

Governor Snyder’s Communications Office

George W. Romney Building

111 South Capitol Avenue

P.O. Box 30013

Lansing, Michigan 48909

2. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to Michigan high school, junior high school, and elementary-age students who enter with the permission of their parent or guardian. Employees of the Executive Office and their families are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law.  Contestants residing in those areas where the contest is void may participate in the contest but may not win any prizes. Eligibility is determined by the Executive Office in the sole discretion of its staff.

3. WINNER SELECTION:  Employees of the Executive Office, in their sole discretion, will select the top five original submissions on January 4.  The five submissions will be posted on the Governor’s Facebook page on January 5. The submission with the most ‘Likes’ by January 8 as of 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time will be the winner.  Submissions will be judged on their creativity and originality. All decisions of the judges are final.

4. PRIZES:  In addition to having their original design serve as the cover for the official program for Governor Snyder’s 2016 State of the State address, the winner and one guest are invited to the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on January 19, 2016, to meet Governor Rick Snyder and attend the State of the State address. The winner may not transfer the prize to any other individual and must provide the name and address in advance for the guest.

5. WINNER NOTIFICATION: The winner will be notified on January 11, 2016, and will be provided with instructions to contact a member of Governor Snyder’s Communications Office to obtain written consent for the use of the entry and arrange details regarding the prize. The winner must meet eligibility conditions. If the winner is not eligible, the Executive Office reserves the right to select the next runner-up. Inability to contact a winner may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. The Executive Office makes no warranties or representations concerning its ability to contact the winner and is the sole judge of whether the Executive Office or its employees could successfully contact a winner. The Executive Office is not obligated to provide any notification to any of the contestants whose submissions were among the top five posted to the Governor’s Facebook page but not selected as the winner.  


a. Contestants hereby grant Governor Snyder and the Executive Office a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to broadcast, publish, store, reproduce, distribute, syndicate, and otherwise use and exhibit the submission (along with their names, voices, performance and/or likenesses) in all media now known and later come into being for purposes of this contest. Contestants represent and warrant that they have full legal right, power and authority to grant Governor Snyder and the Executive Office the foregoing license and if applicable, have secured all necessary rights from any participants in, and contributors to, their submission in order to grant such a license. By submitting an entry to this contest, the student and their parent or guardian consent to the publication of the student’s submission to the Governor’s Facebook page ( for the purpose of determining the winning entry in accordance with these Official Rules.

b. The Executive Office is under no obligation to use any submission or return the submissions to participants.

c. The Executive Office requires the written consent (which may include e-mail) of the parent or guardian of the student with the winning entry no later than January 14, 2016, to publish that winning entry and the author's name, age, and residence along with the entry on the official 2016 State of the State program. If the Executive Office does not receive written consent by January 14, 2016, then the Executive Office may select a different entry for which the Executive Office can gain such consent under these Official Rules.

7. USE OF CONTEST INFORMATION: All entries become the property of the Executive Office once submitted. The Executive Office reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law. The Executive Office will not use a contestants name, image, likeness, or submission for commercial purposes.  

8. NOT ENDORSED BY FACEBOOK: By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and release Facebook from any and all liability arising from or related to this contest. The information you are providing for this contest is being provided to the Executive Office and not to Facebook, and will be used to notify you if you have won.

9. CONDUCT: All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules.  The Executive Office in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the operation of its web site or is otherwise in violation of these rules. Submitting an entry in this contest means you accept these Official Rules, including consent for the Executive Office to post a submission to Governor Snyder’s Facebook page. Eligible students should check with their parent or guardian for permission to enter the contest based on these Official Rules. The Executive Office reserves the right to modify these Official Rules without prior notice to contestants.

10. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: The Executive Office is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur.  If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, the Executive Office may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest or any of these rules without express notice to contestants.  Contestants further agree to release the Executive Office from any liability resulting from, or related to participation in the contest.