Deck the Doors 2023 Contest

The HCOS Student Council is very excited to invite the HCOS & HCOS Flex Academy community to participate in a door decorating contest between Dec 1-15th. Winners will be announced Dec 18th. For each age group, the 1st place winners from each category will be entered into a draw to determine one overall winner. There are four total prizes, one for each age group.

Doors can be indoors or outdoors or even virtual! We have provided lots of space for creativity but also some guidance. Each submission should include a detailed description of the materials used in the project, a clear explanation of the intended door design, and insights into the creative thought process behind the decoration. Parents can collaborate with our younger designers for this submission.

Please make sure your decorations are family friendly and non-offensive. All submissions must be original!

Key Submission Details: Each entry must include the following information:

  • Participant’s name
  • Participant’s grade
  • A photograph of the decorated door
  • Clarification of whether the entry is a family project or not
  • The chosen category/theme for the decoration


Parental Involvement (Groups K-3): Participants in Groups K-3 are permitted to receive parental assistance, but it is imperative that such assistance is prominently acknowledged by labeling the entry as a “family project.” Chose one of the following categories:

  • North Pole/Santa’s Workshop
  • Nativity
  • Winter Wonderland

Student Independence (Groups 4-6): While participants in Groups 4-6 may receive some assistance, the majority of the work should be completed by the student themselves. Chose one of the following categories:

  • Nutcracker
  • ChristmasTree/Living Room
  • Christmas Songs/Hymns

Student Independence (Groups 7-9): Participants in Groups 7-9 may receive minor assistance but the majority of the work should be completed by the student themselves. Chose one of the following categories:

  • Digital Doors (Christmas Market or Christmas Morning)
  • Christmas Around the World
  • Three Wise Men

Student Independence (Groups 10-12): Participants in Groups 10-12 will be completed independently of others. Chose one of the following categories:

  • Digital Doors (Outside of House/Lights Display)
  • Christmas Celebration (Party, Dinner, etc.)
  • Gingerbread Mansion/Building/House

Special Notes:

Cross-Grade Collaborations: Students from older groups are welcome to participate in family projects; however, these projects must be submitted in their respective age categories and cannot be entered in higher-grade groupings.

The Door Decoration Contest encourages creativity and artistic expression while maintaining a focus on inclusivity and responsible collaboration. We look forward to your participation in this exciting competition.

Digital Doors: For digital door designs, they must be created by the participant, and elements downloaded from external sources can be incorporated.

Door Decorating Contest Rubric

Execution of Theme/Coherence
Visual Appearance/Completion
+Bonus for using recycled materials
+ Bonus for Digital Doors (self-made assets)

Total Score: 20 points +Bonus (maximum 23 points)

1. Creativity (1-5 points)

  • 1 point: Little to no creativity demonstrated; the decoration lacks originality and imagination.
  • 2 points: Limited creativity with some unique elements, but overall, the decoration lacks innovation.
  • 3 points: A moderately creative approach with several imaginative elements.
  • 4 points: A highly creative design with original and innovative aspects.
  • 5 points: Exceptional creativity is evident, showcasing a highly imaginative and unique decoration.

2. Execution of Theme/Coherence (1-5 points)

  • 1 point: The decoration does not align with the chosen theme and lacks cohesion.
  • 2 points: Some elements relate to the theme, but there is a lack of overall coherence.
  • 3 points: The decoration reflects the chosen theme with moderate coherence and relevance.
  • 4 points: A well-executed theme is evident, with strong coherence and consistent relevance throughout the decoration.
  • 5 points: The decoration excellently embodies the chosen theme, demonstrating exceptional coherence and thematic execution.

3. Visual Appearance/Completion (1-5 points)

  • 1 point: The decoration is incomplete, disorganized, or visually unappealing.
  • 2 points: The decoration appears somewhat unfinished, lacks visual appeal, or displays a cluttered appearance.
  • 3 points: The decoration is mostly complete, visually attractive, and well-organized.
  • 4 points: The decoration is nearly perfect in visual appearance, displaying a high level of completeness and aesthetic appeal.
  • 5 points: The decoration is impeccably completed and is visually stunning, leaving a strong and lasting impression.

4. Craftsmanship (1-5 points)

  • 1 point: Poor craftsmanship with numerous flaws, inaccuracies, or issues in execution.
  • 2 points: Below-average craftsmanship with noticeable imperfections and some execution errors.
  • 3 points: Adequate craftsmanship with moderate imperfections and occasional execution errors.
  • 4 points: Good craftsmanship with minor imperfections and very few execution errors.
  • 5 points: Exceptional craftsmanship with flawless execution, demonstrating a high level of skill and precision.


Bonus Points (1-3 points)

  • Bonus for Using Recycled Materials (1-3 points)
    • 1-3 points: The use of recycled materials is evident, contributing positively to the decoration. The higher the score, the greater the impact of recycled materials.
  • Bonus for Digital Doors: Assets Self-Made (1-3 points)
    • 1-3 points: For digital doors, the participant created the assets themselves, with a higher score indicating a more extensive use of self-made assets

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