Written Events

The first page of each event must be the signed Written Statement of Assurances Form or fifteen penalty points will be assessed. This form MUST be typed. Only students that have signed the Statement of Assurances Form will be allowed to compete in that event. Even if a student’s name is typed on the form, but they fail to sign it, they will not be allowed to compete in that event, and will be dropped.

 

District Conference:

Preliminary competition for the Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan and the Start-Up Business Plan events will take place at all District Conferences. The events are to be hand-carried to the District Conference. The top three (3) entries at each District Conference will advance to the State Career Development Conference. These events must submit their projects by February 18, 2017 for Written Event Screening. We encourage students to update their events based on the judge’s comments at the District Conference before submitting for the Written Event Screening. These events will compete on Friday at the State Conference.

Preliminary competition for the Financial Consulting, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, and Professional Selling events will take place at all District Conferences. The top three (3) entries at each District Conference will advance to the State Career Development Conference. Competitors in these events do not need to turn in a project for Written Event Screening.

Written Event Screening:

Written Event Screening will take place at Eastern Michigan University on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

All written events (including the Merit Award Program and Chapter Awards Program, and all written events that competed at the district level) must be received at the Michigan DECA office by 10:00 a.m. on the day of screening. Entries will not be accepted after 10:30 a.m. Late events will NOT be accepted, no matter the reason. Please plan accordingly.

Please follow these procedures if you plan to ship your written events:
We STRONGLY recommend using UPS to send your packages. They deliver directly to our office, and all packages can be tracked to see when they arrive. All shipped packages should be sent in order to be received by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.  Our offices do NOT receive ANY deliveries on weekend days, even if you have paid extra to have the package arrive on a weekend.  Packages sent via the post office get sent to the EMU mailroom for sorting first, and do not get delivered to our office until the next business day.  (Mail and packages that arrive on a Friday does not get delivered to our office until Monday).  Packages scheduled to be received after Wednesday, February 15 run the risk of not arriving on time, and not being able to be screened for competition.

All chapter advisors with a student entering a written event, Merit Awards Project, Chapter Awards Project or written event that competed at the district level need to attend and assist with the Written Event Screening. Advisors not assisting with the screening will be charged a $50.00 screening fee. Please plan on arriving between 9:30-10:00am. Late entries will not be accepted, no matter the reason. Chapter advisors will review the work and assign penalty points.

Plagiarism Review:

All written events (except the Chapter Awards Program) will also need to be uploaded to TurnItIn by the chapter advisor between February 6-17, 2017 so that it can be reviewed for plagiarism. All written events that have not been submitted to TurnItIn by the deadline will be penalized 10 points, and given 3 days to be submitted. If not submitted within the 3 day extension window, the entry will be disqualified. Complete instructions on how to upload projects have been posted on this page.  Do NOT test your chapter’s projects by uploading them to another Turnitin account prior to submitting them to Michigan DECA. Any projects that have been previously submitted will have a high plagiarism rating and could be disqualified!

State Conference:

All Written Events will compete on Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the State Career Development Conference. Written Event participants will have their orientation and interview on Friday. There will be an interview with one to two judges. All written event participants are required to take either the math or economics evaluation on Saturday.

All written events must follow the Michigan DECA Written Event Guidelines in addition to the national guidelines. The first page of each event must be the signed Written Statement of Assurances Form or fifteen (15) penalty points will be assessed. This form should be typed.

Written Events and the Internet:

Students will not be able to use the convention center internet for their written event presentations, because that would involve asking someone else to help them with their equipment. (Refer to the presentation guidelines.) Students may use an internet aircard or personal hotspot with their computer if the student has one. But we caution that it could be difficult for students to receive and maintain a connection due to so many people using cell phones while at the conference. If they lose connection, they will not be given additional time. Our suggestion is to save anything that they might want to reference directly onto their computer.