[MI BPA 2018-2019] Tuesday Tipster #27

Dear Chapter Advisors:

NOTE: Items titled in bold, maroon text are messages from the state executive council or national officers. ** Indicates new items for this week.

UPCOMING DATES & DEADLINES
March 25: BPA Cares Service Learning Awards Deadline
April 1: NLC Registration, Hotel, and Presubmitted Events Deadlines
April 5: NLC Trading Pin Order Deadline
April 15: NLC Disney YES Event Deadline

NLC REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Registration for the national leadership conference is now open. All NLC details can be found online at www.bpa.org/nlc.

** CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SLC WINNERS
The SLC winners’ lists for both the Secondary and Postsecondary State Leadership Conferences are available on our website at www.michiganbpa.org. Congratulations to all our SLC winners!

** SECONDARY AND POSTSECONDARY SLC SCORE REPORTS
Score reports from the SLC are available by logging in to BPA Scheduler and clicking the Attendees tab. All scores are provided. When you click the “Attendee” tab, your results will appear. If you have any questions regarding the information in your score report, please let me know. Scores from open events are not provided.

** SECONDARY SLC DASHBOARD
Visit your Secondary SLC Post-conference Dashboard where you will find access to the winners list, conference evaluations, conference photos, and much more. The dashboard is located at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-postconference-dashboard/. All of the references to special webpages below will direct you to the dashboard for easy access to everything.

** SECONDARY SLC EVALUATIONS
Please visit the following links to complete the convention evaluations. Survey evaluations are accessible through our dashboard at www.michiganbpa.org/slc-postconference-dashboard/.

** BPA SCHEDULER IS NOT USED FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Michigan BPA Scheduler website is not used for anything NLC related. You do not register nor do you upload your contestant files to the BPA Scheduler site for national conference.

** NLC PREVIEW GUIDE
Please download and read the entire NLC Preview Guide, which is available for download at www.bpa.org/nlc. You should read the booklet using a highlighter in order to highlight important pieces of information.

** NLC DISNEY YES EVENT
Michigan BPA will be hosting a Disney YES Leadership Seminar event, similar to what we coordinated in Orlando in 2017. The event is $105 and comes with a t-shirt. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 beginning at 8 AM. The event will be held at either Disneyland Park or California Adventure Park. The park is to be determined.

There are 100 spots available. To sign-up for the event, please visit www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-disney-yes-experience.

** NLC ELIGIBLE CONTESTANTS
Although any student may attend the conference, the following winners are eligible to compete at the NLC:

Open Events: All winners recognized on stage AND any student attending the NLC.

Team Events: Top 2 teams

Individual Judged Events: Top 3 winners

Individual Non-judged and Computer Events: Top 5 winners

** NLC QUALIFIER CANCELLATIONS
Anyone who was NOT registered for the national leadership conference by yesterday (March 20, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.) has forfeited his or her participation in the conference. We will continue to contact alternates as we audit all conference registrations online.

If you are 100% certain that a student will not be attending, please complete a non-attendance form online at www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-nonattendance. If you have previously notified me via standard e-mail, you do not need to submit this form online.

** NLC REGISTRATION
All contestants who are submitting materials for the presubmitted events must be registered for the NLC prior to submitting their contestant materials.

** NLC PRESUBMITTED EVENTS
Remember, the events listed below have materials that must be sent in to National BPA by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, 2019. You may revise these materials from your state conference entries. Please read the guidelines for the events in which your students are competing.

Instructions are located on pages 13-14 and 22 of the WSAP Guidelines.

Make sure you include your Individual Entry Form, Team Entry Form, and Works Cited with your materials. If addition, it is best to include all Release Forms as well.

* Make sure the URL link is provided on the entry from for your student’s project for the events with asterisks below. The link must be clickable (no exceptions). Include any passwords as needed.

The presubmitted events are:
Administrative Support Research Project
Advanced Interview Skills
Broadcast News Production Team *
Computer Animation Team *
Digital Media Production *
Economic Research Individual
Economic Research Team
Entrepreneurship
Global Marketing Team
Graphic Design Promotion
Interview Skills
Network Design Team *
Video Production Team *
Website Design Team *

IMPORTANT: Students are allowed to make changes to their materials, websites, designs, etc. prior to submitting the materials for national competition. You do NOT have to submit the exact same materials you submitted for state competition. Students may make changes to improve their work as they desire.

** NLC CERTIFICATION TESTING
Please refer to page 27 of the WSAP Guidelines for a list of events that require MOS or MTA certification testing

Contestants who have certified in the linked Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam may choose from one of the following two options. Option one; the contestant will be given the opportunity to take another certification exam within the event subject area in place of the previously passed exam; the score earn on this exam will serve as the contest score. Option two; the contestant may share their previously passed test scores with NLC staff. If this option is selected, the contestant will be required to login to their Certiport account and share the previously earned score at the time of sign in at NLC.
All contestants who have previously certified in Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams will be required to retake the exam.

** CERTIFICATION CONSENT FORMS
Parental Consent Forms for students who are competing in any and all MOS and MTA exams incorporated in to the Workplace Skills Assessment Program are required starting with the 2019 NLC. All students under the age of 18 will be required to submit a signed Parental Consent form which must be on file with the National Center in order for scores to be released to BPA at NLC.
 
A PDF version of the Parent Consent Form is attached to this message.
 
Please upload your student’s Parental Consent Form via this form submission. IN ADDITION, all persons who are required to take a certification test MUST register with Certiport (www.certiport.com) BEFORE attending NLC to create their Certiport profile. Contestants must include their BPA member ID in their Certiport profile when they register online. For more information on the exam, visit: http://www.certiport.com/Portal/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=664&roleid=101
 
Refer to pages 28-29 of the WSAP Guidelines as well as the event guidelines for your student’s specific event.

** NLC ROOMMATE SHARING
Visit www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-roommate-matching for roommate matching options and to announce that you have roommate possibilities.

** NLC ATTENDANCE
Any student can attend the national leadership conference. Attendance is not limited to eligible competitive event award winners. Anyone may attend.

** NLC ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
Students are not required to attend the NLC for the entire time. They may attend only for their day of competition if they chose to do so.

** NLC ADVISOR VS. PARENT ATTENDANCE
A frequently asked question is does an advisor need to attend the NLC. Advisors are not officially required to attend the conference. The student may attend with a parent or another chapter. However, keep in mind that the student’s advisor is still 100% responsible for handling conference registration and making hotel reservations. The chapter advisor must forward all communication to the designated adult attending on behalf of the chapter advisor. Although it’s not required, it would be helpful if you sign up such an adult chaperone to a conference assignment of some kind, even if it’s not a competition assignment.

** NLC TRADING PINS
This year’s NLC trading pin with a moving compass part. We are confident that our pin will be a hot item this year. Make sure you order your pins by April 5, 2019 online at www.michiganbpa.org/nlc-trading-pins.

Maurice S. Henderson