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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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