Faculty and staff from Minnesota School of Business (MSB) in Blaine were invited to judge Business Professionals of America’s (BPA) Spring State Leadership Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency Hotel on Friday, March 9, 2012. Tyler Shepard, Adjunct Information Technology instructor, is the faculty advisor for Wayzata High School’s BPA student group and invited his MSB colleagues to judge various events in Finance, IT, Administrative, and Marketing/Management/Human Resources.
Kristina Newton, Associate Dean of Faculty, judged the Extemporaneous Speech competition. Contestants drew a speech topic at random and were given ten minutes to
prepare. They were not allowed to use any aids to prepare and were only allowed one notecard on which to write talking points. Contestants presented their 3-5 minutes speeches to a panel of three judges. Each judge scored the contestants individually and provided them with written feedback.
Kristina was impressed with the overall quality of the speeches. “It was obvious that
many of these high school students spent hours researching current events and crafting arguments. I would have been intimidated presenting to strangers, but these students did so confidently and professionally”.
Meghan Hathaway, Communications and Community Relations Specialist, judged the Interviewing competition. Each contestant wrote a cover letter, resume, and were asked a series of interview questions by the judges. The morning session was the preliminary round, and each student interviewed one-on-one with the judge. The students who exceled in the preliminary rounds, competed again in the afternoon with a panel interview.
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