On 7/24/2012, my daughter told me of her finalist place in the essay contest. The next day I told a few of my friends. One of them asked me about essay contest. Over that weekend, a friend of mine called, asking what activities my daughter was engaged in.
Sometimes, the school offered information on contest but mostly the students need to do their own research on the Internet. My daughter was lucky in that she has a big brother who often fills in some information. This is how my daughter found all of her local and national contests.
Well, my ultimate message is this. Don’t wait for others to tell you what to do or show you how to do it. Get into the habit of finding out the answer yourself. Be proactive, starting as early as possible. Have initiative if you really want to rise.