Chapter Awards Program

Forms and guidelines are currently being updated for the 2021-2022 school year, and will be posted in the fall

The Chapter Awards Program is an instructional enrichment program for marketing education. The program is designed for chapters to develop a well-rounded program of work and is based on chapter achievement accompanied with an awards program for chapter recognition.

The Chapter Awards Program should be initiated early in the year, so chapter members will realize the greatest benefits of their involvement. A thorough orientation of the purpose and operation of the program is vital for the preparation of the members.

Use your creativity when creating your documentation and section heading pages. Your chapter’s Chapter Awards Program scrapbook is one that you should want to show off to future DECA members to explain and showcase your DECA activities.

The objectives of the Chapter Awards Program (CAP) are:

  1. Encourage local chapter organization by planning a yearly program of activities
  2. Build member involvement
  3. Encourage DECA membership at local, state and international levels
  4. Build school and community recognition for the marketing education program and the DECA chapter
  5. Learn of activities and projects that strengthen the local chapter
  6. Recognize chapters for their accomplishments

The Chapter Awards Program will provide recognition at three levels:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

The level of recognition will be determined by the number and type of activities a chapter completes in each of the following categories:

  • Membership Development
  • Community Oriented
  • Experienced Leaders
  • Academically Prepared
  • Professionally Responsible
  • Promotion/Public Relations

Chapters will claim credit for activities by submitting an activity report and visual documentation.

Information and guidelines for the 2022 school year are currently being updated, and will be posted in the fall.

2021 Written Event Competition Overview:

Michigan DECA will follow the DECA Guidelines for all written events.  Due to the virtual nature of completion this year, some of the processes we use for the events have changed.  These changes are outlined below:

  1. The portal to upload written events will open on February 12, 2021, and close on February 16, 2021. Once all events have been uploaded to the judging portal by the chapter advisor, Michigan DECA staff will upload the projects to Turn-it-in.  Volunteers will penalty point the projects, and then Judges will evaluate the written portion.  The only events that do not have to be uploaded are the Chapter Awards Projects and School-Based Enterprise.  The Ethics Team Event must be uploaded between March 1 and March 5, 2021.  Additional information on that event will be in next week’s update.
  2. We prefer actual signatures on the Statement of Assurance, but because of remote learning, we will accept electronic signatures this year only. We will still penalize the project if a signature is missing.  This includes the chapter advisor’s signature.
  3. Judges that participate in the presentation portion of the competition on March 12, 2021, will have access to the complete written event that they will be judging. They will be instructed to review only the executive summary prior to evaluating the presentation.  They will not be evaluating the written portion of the project.
  4. Written Event participants will present using Doxy, the same platform that we used for District Conferences.
  5. Chapters will be provided the opportunity to reserve a day so they can practice using Doxy with their members. They will be able to reserve one day for every ten projects that they submit.  This sign up will open on February 17, 2021, for chapters to select a date between February 19, 2021, and March 5, 2021.
  6. Students will be able to show premade visuals for the written, consulting, and selling events. We recommend that the visuals are in a PowerPoint format. We have found that display boards are hard to view/read.
  7. After discussing the visuals with Judges that evaluated at the district competition in the selling and consulting events, we have the following recommendations. Please note that these are not requirements.
    1. The judges stated that they are more interested in seeing the students present their findings. The visuals are secondary.
    2. Too often, the students kept asking, “can you see this” when they had display boards, and that question interrupted the flow of their presentation.
    3. We recommend for the students open their presentation without any visuals, then incorporate a few visuals that support their work, then return to complete the presentation without any visuals.
    4. While it is no longer a requirement to allow time for questions from the judges, we recommend leaving a few minutes at the end for questions from the judges during this virtual competition. We often hear of judges scoring a bit lower when they are not afforded this opportunity.
  8. The time limits noted in the guidelines will be enforced by the Event Coordinator.

Student Procedures

  1. You will receive an email the afternoon before your presentation from Michigan DECA that provides a one-hour window of when you will login to compete.
  2. On the competition day, during your one-hour window, you will receive an email from the Event Coordinator that indicates that it is time for you to compete, and the link to the judging room.  You will have ten minutes to login to the competition prep-room.
  3. When you login, you will see your event information.
    • Written Event, Selling, and Consulting Event (FCE, HTPS, PSE) participants will wait in that room until they are called in to present to the judge.
    • Individual Series and Principle Event participants will have 10 minutes to review the case study.  After 10 minutes you will be called in to compete.
    • Team Event Participants will have 30 minutes to review the case. After 30 minutes you will be called in to compete.
  4. Because of social distancing requirements, team members should compete from their own home, unless they reside in the same household. Both members should log into the prep room when instructed to do so.   During the prep time, you should plan to communicate by using a phone, since you will not be able to do so when you are in the prep room.

Competition reminders

  1. Students should be dressed in business attire.
  2. You are not allowed to have assistance from anyone other than your team member(s) while in the prep room or when competing.
  3. The event will be presented to you through your reading of Performance Indicators and Event Situation. You may make notes to use during your presentation.
  4. Only for the 2020-21 year, your prep time is open book, you may use other materials or a second device during your prep time. These materials may not be shown during your presentation with the judge. You will be penalized 20 points if you show any materials prepared in advance, or for showing any devices or props to the judge (participants in Written, Selling, and Consulting Events are exempt from this rule).
  5. You will be responsible for supplying your own paper and pencil or pen with black or blue ink. No other colors of ink, wide markers, materials, props or pre-made visuals may be used (participants in Written, Selling, and Consulting Events are exempt from this rule).
  6. Because of the virtual format for the event, the judge may not be able to see any drawings that you create during your prep time. Please be prepared to describe them during your presentation with the judge(s).
  7. If you are participating from school – Turn in all your notes and event materials when you have completed the event to your chapter advisor.
  8. If you are participating from home – All your notes and event materials must be disposed of when you have completed the event.
  9. Participants competing from home must also complete the Judged Event Honor Code after you have competed.
  10. You may not discuss the event with anyone, until you receive your evaluation form back from your advisor.
  11. Please contact your chapter advisor if you have any questions on these procedures.
  12. You are to be congratulated for participating in this conference, we wish you well with your presentation to the judge.