SLC Judged Event Descriptions

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT RESEARCH PROJECT: 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 topic and present findings in a research paper, an oral presentation, and respond to questions from a panel of judges. The topic for this year is about how or what can a business professional do to stay current with changing technology and business trends. NOTE: Judges for this event will be mailed 14 essays to be graded prior to the interview date on Saturday, March 17, 2018. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-12:45 PM (preliminaries) and 12:30-4:45 PM (finals).

ADVANCED INTERVIEW SKILLS: To test the contestant’s proficiency in job search and interview situations. Advanced Interview contestants will be required to submit a career portfolio. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM (preliminaries) and 12:15-4:30 PM (finals).

BROADCAST NEWS PRODUCTION TEAM: The team will create a three to five (3-5) minutes news broadcast with at least two (2) different segments (news stories). This event is held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

COMPUTER ANIMATION TEAM: The team will design a visual animation (not to exceed two minutes). The team is to create a hockey stadium and animate a hockey game going on inside the stadium they design. This event is held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 AM-5:30 PM.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION: To encourage the contestant to create a one to two (1-2) minute digital media production explaining the Business Professionals of America Torch Awards Program. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-1:30 PM (preliminaries) and 1:00-5:00 PM (finals).

ECONOMIC RESEARCH (INDIVIDUAL or TEAM): One economic research topic is selected by National Center and provided at the beginning of the school year. The contestant/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.  Judges for this event will be mailed 14 essays to be graded prior to the interview date on March 16 or 17, 2018. Individual event contestants will have the topic of discussing the economic impact of building a new sports stadium in the community, and whether the economic benefits of a new stadium would outweigh the costs. Team contestants will have the topic of researching the forms of agricultural subsidies that are provided and the costs and benefits to providing those subsidies and take a position on whether or not agricultural subsidies should continue.

Economic Research Individual is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-12:45 PM (preliminaries) and 12:30-4:45 PM (finals).

Economic Research Team is held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The entrepreneurship contestant will develop an organizational structure and operating plan to initiate a small business Contestants are to assume they are presenting/pitching their business plan to potential investors with the objective of securing financing for their business venture. NOTE: Judges for this event will be mailed 14 business plans to be graded prior to the interview date on Saturday, March 17, 2018. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-12:45 PM (preliminaries) and 12:30-4:45 PM (finals).

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEECH: To provide the student the opportunity to demonstrate communication skills in arranging, organizing, and presenting information orally and effectively without prior knowledge of the topic. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM (preliminaries) and 12:15-4:30 PM (finals).

FINANCIAL ANALYST TEAM: The financial analyst team uses 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. This event is held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 8:15 AM-5:00 PM.

GLOBAL MARKETING TEAM: The global marketing team will develop a plan that details pricing strategies and promotional plans for a business. NOTE: Judges for this event will be mailed 20 business plans to be graded prior to the interview date on Friday, March 16, 2018. This event is held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

GRAPHIC DESIGN PROMOTION: The contestant creates a computer‑aided graphic flyer that promotes the 2019 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM (preliminaries) and 12:30-4:45 PM (finals).

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: To assess the contestant’s interpretation of personnel policies and knowledge of human resource management. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM (preliminaries) and 12:45-4:30 PM (finals).

INTERVIEW SKILLS: To test the contestant’s proficiency in job search and interview situations. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM (preliminaries) and 12:15-4:30 PM (finals).

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE TEAM: The team demonstrates 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. This event is held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (preliminaries) and 3:30-7:00 PM (finals, if needed).

PREPARED SPEECH: To provide the student the opportunity to demonstrate communication skills in securing, arranging, organizing, and presenting information orally. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM (preliminaries) and 12:15-4:30 PM (finals).

PRESENTATION MANAGEMENT (INDIVIDUAL or TEAM: The student or team will demonstrate current desktop technologies and software to prepare and deliver an effective multi‑media presentation. The individual contests will develop a presentation about workplace security and employee dishonesty. The team contestants will create a multimedia presentation focusing on how to prevent environmental contamination.

Presentation Management Individual preliminaries round is held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 8:15 AM-4:00 PM. The finals round is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 9:30 AM-2:30 PM.

Presentation Management Team is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TEAM: The small business management team will provide solutions to business cases. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

VIDEO PRODUCTION TEAM: The team will create a three to five (3-5) minute video based upon the topic of the importance of sleep. NOTE: Judges for this event will be mailed 20 videos to be viewed with one’s own equipment prior to the interview date on Friday, March 16, 2018. This event is held on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 AM-5:30 PM.

WEBSITE DESIGN TEAM: The team will author and demonstrate knowledge of website preparation based upon a pre-determined topic. This year’s topic is to develop a one stop interactive website explaining all different BPA Cares Awards that local chapters can apply for and how they earn them. NOTE: Judges for this event will be mailed 20 websites to be viewed with one’s own equipment prior to the interview date on Saturday, March 17, 2018. This event is held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.