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Congrats to Shakopee HS – 2014-15 SIA Regional Winner!

Posted by on July 29th, 2015

This year, the 2014-15 SIA Spring Competition was the closest it has been in the history of our Minnesota Region. The scoring difference between our winning team and the 2nd place team was 1/10th of a point!!!  So congratulations go out to Shakopee High School’s SIA team, which goes by L.E.A.D. (Leaders in Education And Diversity).  And let’s also honor Blaine High School’s SIA team, who was just barely nudged out of the top spot.  Both groups performed valiantly in the competition portion of the SIA Program this year!  We look forward to hosting members of Shakopee’s SIA team at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in Washington DC this June!

Shakopee HS SIA Team

UPDATED DEADLINE! Online Survey Forms now due THURSDAY 4/9 before Midnight!

Posted by on April 6th, 2015

Good News! The deadline for submitting the online survey form for the SIA Spring Competition has been extended until Thursday, April 9th at 11:59pm. This gives your team an extra 2 days to complete the online survey portion of the SIA Spring Competition! To access the online survey form, go to http://studentsinaction.jeffersonawards.org/sia-training/.

Reminder about the Competition:
1. The Spring Competition is a chance for student teams to showcase their service efforts over the past year and share how your team has used the 3 Pillars of Students In Action (SIA) – Leadership, Engagement, and Impact.
2. The team that wins the Spring Competition wins a trip to the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington DC this June!
3. All teams that compete will earn a giant Jefferson Awards banner for their school/organization.
4. The competition includes the online survey (now due Thu. 4/9) and an oral presentation to be given by members of your team at the SIA Spring Celebration/Competition Event on Sat. 4/18 at UMN Carlson School from 12:30-3:30pm.
5. Teams will be scored on the online survey and the oral presentation. The team with the highest total score is the MN Regional Winner.
6. The scoring rubrics outline exactly how your team will be scored, and what the scoring judges are looking for. The rubrics can be viewed in the post below this one. (along with other info to help teams prepare for the competition).

As Monday morning 4/6, no teams have submitted their online survey. There must be a winning school, and the fewer teams that compete means the greater the chances you have of winning IF you do compete. So I encourage you and the rest of your team to participate. It is a great exercise in gathering info on all the work you’ve done this year, and developing a fun and creative presentation (6-8 minutes long) to present on Sat. 4/18.

Finally, the MN Vikings have provided some great autographed memorabilia that will be awarded to teams at the Spring Celebration/Competition Event!

Please let me know if your student team is planning to compete.

All teams are invited to attend the event, even if you aren’t competing. This will help you experience what the competition is like, and hear from other teams how and what service they did! You can also participate in the “Audience Choice Award” for best student presentation! Be sure to register your group for the Spring Celebration/Competition Event by this Friday 4/10 by clicking here: http://marketing.jeffersonawards.org/acton/form/11438/002b:d-0001/0/index.htm

If you have any questions about this process, please be sure to ask me. I can’t wait to see learn about all the great work your team has done this year!


Upcoming Spring Competition & Celebration: Online Survey due 4/9/15, Oral Presentation on 4/18/15!

Posted by on March 13th, 2015

Each year, The Minnesota Region of SIA hosts a “Spring Competition & Celebration Event,” and all schools are invited to attend. All schools are also encouraged to participate in the “competition” portion of the event, however participation is voluntary. The SIA team that wins the competition gets to send 2 students and 1 adult to the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington DC in June (at no cost), and have a chance to win a National Jefferson Award.

Additionally, all SIA teams that choose to compete in the Regional Competition will earn a huge, 4ft x 6ft Jefferson Awards banner for their school. The banner will be either Bronze, Silver, or Gold – depending on the team’s final competition score.

An SIA Team with their 2014 Silver Banner

An SIA Team with their 2014 Silver Banner

If you choose to participate, there are 2 components to the competition – The Online Survey and the Oral Presentation.

The Online Survey asks SIA teams questions about how they have achieved the 3 Pillars of SIA – Leadership, Engagement, Impact.  These questions must be completed using our online system, and instructions for using the online system can be found by clicking on the link below.  Also linked below is a PDF of the questions on the online survey, and the Survey Scoring Rubric which shows you exactly how many points each survey question is worth.  You can also click the link to see a PDF of the questions on the online survey. Online Surveys must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm on April 9th, 2015.

The Oral Presentation takes place at the Spring Competition & Celebration Event on Sat. April 18th.  Presentations MUST be 8 minutes or less (or points will be deducted), and should include information on how the SIA team accomplished the 3 Pillars (Leadership, Engagement, Impact). Presentations will be judged on 6 Criteria, including a Q & A by our panel of judges. You can see the scoring rubric for the presentations linked below, including sample questions our judges may ask the presenters.

All SIA students, whether they are competing or not, are encouraged to attend the Competition & Celebration Event. It is a great opportunity for everyone to hear about projects other students have worked on, to learn and ask questions of each other, and to celebrate some outstanding youth service!

Finally, we’ve created a Competition Preparation Guide, linked below, which gives tips from other SIA students on how to receive the most points on the Online Survey (page 1) and the Oral Presentation (page 2).


Online Survey Instructions

Competition Survey Questions 2014-15 (Rev 12-15-14)

Survey Rubric Score Sheet 2014-15

Oral Presentation Rubric 2014-15

2014-15 SIA Spring Competition Preparation Guidance


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