VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO JUDGE
BPA STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 3, 2018 

Corpus Christi is hosting the Business Professionals of America, State Leadership Conference, February 28-March 3, 2018. BPA is a student organization for young people interested in the field of business. Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to help choose those students that will represent Texas at the national level in May 2018 for the National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. This event could not take place without the volunteer efforts of the Corpus Christi community.

Volunteers are needed for one or more five-hour time slots. Each judging time starts with a meal and orientation. Parking will be covered. For detailed information on contests or to have us visit with your group or organization about service opportunities, contact volunteer judge coordinator, Sharon Shuler at shuler.sharon@gmail.com

  • Thursday, March 1, 12:00-5:00 PM
    Administrative Support Research Project Prelims; Advanced Interview Skills; Computer Modeling Prelims; Digital Media Production; Economic Research Individual; Entrepreneurship; Extemporaneous Speech; Graphic Design Promotion; Human Resource Management; Interview Skills; Prepared Speech; Presentation Management
  • Friday, March 2, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Broadcast News Production Team; Computer Animation Team, Economic Research Team; Global Marketing Team; Network Design Team; Parliamentary Procedure Team, Video Production Team; Web Site Design Team; Financial Analysts Team
  • Friday, March 2, 1:00-6:00 PM
    Administrative Support Research Project – Finals; Advanced Interview Skills – Finals; Eco. Research Individual – Finals; Interview Skills – Finals; Prepared Speech – Finals; Presentation Management Team; Small Business Management Team
  • Saturday, March 3, 7:00 AM-12:00 PM - FINALS
    Broadcast News Production Team – Finals; Computer Animation Team – Finals; Computer Modeling – Finals; Digital Media Production – Finals; Entrepreneurship – Finals; Extemporaneous Speech – Finals; Economic Research Team – Finals; Financial Analyst Team – Finals; Global Marketing Team – Finals; Graphic Design Promotion – Finals; Human Resource Management – Finals; Network Design Team – Finals; Parliamentary Procedure Team –Finals; Presentation Management Individual – Finals; Presentation Management Team – Finals; Small Business Management Team – Finals; Video Production Team – Finals; Web Site Design Team - Finals

Please volunteer - it will restore your faith in the younger generation! Contact Sharon Shuler - shuler.sharon@gmail.com We cannot do this without you!

CONTEST DESCRIPTIONS

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018

Thursday Events will take place from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM with a complimentary lunch and judges orientation meeting at 12:00 PM. Thursday events listed below:

Administrative Support Research Project Prelims

Contest Description: One administrative support topic is selected by the National Business Professionals of America and provided to students at the beginning of the school year. The contestants will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges. Their written project will be technically scored prior to the event. Scores will be provided to judges on site. It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Advanced Interview Skills Prelims:

Contest Description: The student will assess proficiency in job search, interview situations, and portfolio development. Their job applications and resumes will be technically scored prior to the March 1 event. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score their job application and resume. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Computer Modeling Prelims:

Contest Description: Given a scenario or prompt, Computer Modeling competitors will research the topic, create a profile, concept design(s), prototype(s), and final model and/or scene based upon the assigned topic provided. For example, a new Pixar type character made of metal (refer to background information supplied about character); an opening scene to support a new sci-fi movie; an office chair designed for the year 2050; an environment for a Mars colony in the year 2075, etc. The information on their model will be technically scored prior to the March 1 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score their project. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Digital Media Production Prelims:

Contest Description: The student will create a one to two-minute digital media production based upon an assigned topic. Their production will be technically scored prior to the March 1 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score their project. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Economic Research Individual Prelims:

Contest Description: One economic research topic is selected by the National Business Professionals of America and provided to contestants at the beginning of the school year. The student will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges. Their written project will be technically scored prior to the March 1 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site. It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Entrepreneurship Prelims:

Contest Description: the student will develop an operating plan and organizational structure to initiate a small business. Competitors are to assume they are presenting their business plan to potential investors at a bank with the objective of securing financing for their business venture. Their written project will be technically scored prior to the March 1 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Extemporaneous Speech Prelims

Contest Description: The student will demonstrate communication skills in arranging, organizing, and effectively presenting information orally without prior knowledge of the topic.

Graphic Design Promotion Prelims:

Contest Description: The student will develop a theme, illustrate the theme in a logo design, and then utilize the logo in a promotional flyer. Their graphics will be technically scored prior to the March 1 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler

Human Resource Management Prelims:

Contest Description: The student will assess interpretation of personnel policies and knowledge of human resource management.

Interview Skills Prelims:

Contest Description: The student will assess proficiency in job search and interview situations. Their job applications and resumes will be technically scored prior to the March 1 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score their job application and resume. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler

Prepared Speech Prelims:

Contest Description: The student will demonstrate communication skills in securing, arranging, organizing, and presenting an informative speech.

Presentation Management Individual Prelims:

Contest Description: The student will assess the use of current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multimedia presentation to the judges based on a specific topic.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018

Morning events begin with a complimentary breakfast and judges orientation meeting at 7:00 am, then judging events from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Friday morning's events are listed below:

Broadcast News Production Team Prelims:

Contest Description: Each team will create a three to five-minute video production based upon an assigned topic. Their project will be technically scored prior to the March 2 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler

Economic Research Project Team Prelims:

Contest Description: One economic research topic is selected by the National Business Professionals of America and provided at the beginning of the school year. The team will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges. Their project will be technically scored prior to the March 2 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler

Financial Analyst Team Prelims:

Contest Description: the team will use analytical and problem-solving skills to make decisions and recommendations using financial reports, both internal and external. The team analyzes and interprets computer reports from a business case study. The team will present their report to the judges.

Global Marketing Team Prelims:

Contest Description: The team will develop a plan that details pricing strategies and promotional plans for a business. Their project will be technically scored prior to the March 2 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Network Design Team Prelims

Contest Description: The team will analyze existing and planned business environments and develop a strategy for the implementation of a network infrastructure that addresses the need of the defined business environment. The team will present their network infrastructure to the judges. Their project will be technically scored prior to the March 2 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site..

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically' score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Parliamentary Procedure Team Prelims:

Contest Description: the team will demonstrate the use of correct parliamentary procedure through a chairman's ability to conduct a business meeting in a democratic manner that allows the members of the team to effectively participate. The team's knowledge of parliamentary procedure will be examined through oral questions and an objective test.

Video Production Team Prelims

Contest Description: The student will create a three to five-minute video production based upon an assigned topic. Their project will be technically scored prior to the March 2 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

Web Site Design Team Prelims:

Contest Description: The team will work together to create a web site based on an assigned topic. Their project will be technically scored prior to the March 2 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018

Afternoon events begin with a complimentary lunch and judges’ orientation meeting at 1:00 PM, then judging events from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM. Friday afternoon's events are listed below:

Administrative Support Research Individual Finals:

Contest Description: One administrative support topic is selected by National Business Professionals of America and provided at the beginning of the school year. The student will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges. This group of students have been judged the best of the preliminary competitors.

Advanced Interview Skills Finals:

Contest Description: The student will assess proficiency in job search, interview situations, and portfolio development. This group of students have been judged the best of the preliminary competitors.

Computer Animation Team Prelims:

Contest Description: The team will create a 3-D visualization animation (not to exceed two minutes) based upon an assigned topic. Their project will be technically scored prior to the March 2 contest. Scores will be provided to judges on site.

It would be optimum for the onsite judge to also technically score the projects. If you are interested in being a technical judge, please contact Sharon Shuler

Economic Research Individual Finals:

Contest Description: One economic research topic is selected by the National Business Professionals of America and provided at the beginning of the school year. The student will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges. This group of students have been judged the best of the preliminary competitors.

Interview Skills Finals

Contest Description: The student will assess proficiency in job search and interview situations. This group of students have been judged the best of the preliminary competitors.

Prepared Speech Finals:

Contest Description: The student will demonstrate communication skills in securing, arranging, organizing, and presenting an informative speech. This group of students have been judged the best of the preliminary competitors.

Presentation Management Individual Finals:

Contest Description: the student will assess the use of current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multimedia presentation to the judges based on a specific topic. This group of students have been judged the best of the preliminary competitors. Presentation Management Team Prelims: Contest Description: the team will assess use of current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multimedia presentation to the judges based on a specific topic.

Small Business Management Team Prelims:

Contest Description: The team will use strategic planning and problem-solving skills to provide solutions to the business case provided. The team will deliver their conclusions to the judges.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018

Morning events begin with a complimentary breakfast and judges orientation meeting at 7:00 AM, then judging events from 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Saturday morning's events are listed below:

Broadcast News Production Team Finals:

Contest Description: The student will create a three to five-minute video production based upon an assigned topic.

Computer Animation Team Finals:

Contest Description: A team will create a 3-D visualization animation (not to exceed two minutes) based upon an assigned topic.

Computer Modeling Finals:

Contest Description: Given a scenario or prompt, Computer Modeling will research the topic, create a profile, concept design(s), prototype(s), and final model and/or scene based upon the assigned topic provided. For example, a new Pixar type character made of metal (refer to background information supplied about character); an opening scene to support a new sci-fi movie; an office chair designed for the year 2050; an environment for a Mars colony in the year 2075, etc.

Digital Media Production Finals

Contest Description: The student will create a one to two-minute digital media production based upon an assigned topic.

Economic Research Project Team Finals:

Contest Description: One economic research topic is selected by the National Business Professionals of America and provided at the beginning of the school year. The student will conduct research on the topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges.

Entrepreneurship Finals:

Contest Description: The student will develop an operating plan and organizational structure to initiate a small business. Competitors are to assume they are presenting their business plan to potential investors at a bank with the objective of securing financing for their business venture.

Extemporaneous Speech Finals:

Contest Description: the student will demonstrate communication skills in arranging, organizing, and effectively presenting information orally without prior knowledge of the topic.

Financial Analyst Team Finals:

Contest Description: The teams will use analytical and problem-solving skills to make decisions and recommendations using financial reports, both internal and external. The team analyzes and interprets computer reports from a business case study. The team will present their report to the judges.

Global Marketing Team Finals:

Contest Description: The team will develop a plan that details pricing strategies and promotional plans for a business.

Graphic Design Promotion Finals:

Contest Description: The student will develop a theme, illustrate the theme in a logo design, and then utilize the logo in a promotional flyer.

Human Resource Management Finals:

Contest Description:  The student will assess interpretation of personnel policies and knowledge of human resource management.

Network Design Team Finals:

Contest Description: The team will analyze existing and planned business environments and develop a strategy for the implementation of a network infrastructure that addresses the need of the defined business environment. The team will present their network infrastructure to the judges.

Parliamentary Procedure Team Finals:

Contest Description: The team will demonstrate the use of correct parliamentary procedure through a chairman's ability to conduct a business meeting in a democratic manner that allows the members of the team to effectively participate. The team's knowledge of parliamentary procedure will be examined through oral questions and an objective test.

Presentation Management Team Finals:

Contest Description: The team will assess use of current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multimedia presentation to the judges based on a specific topic.

Small Business Management Team Finals:

Contest Description: The team will use strategic planning and problem-solving skills to provide solutions to the business case provided. The team will deliver their conclusions to the judges.

Video Production Team Finals:

Contest Description: The student will create a three to five-minute video production based upon an assigned topic.

Web Site Design Team Finals

Contest Description: The team will work together to create a web site based on an assigned topic.