Greetings Advisers and Happy Wednesday!
Thank you all for the great feedback on last week’s update – and we have some answers to share based on that feedback!
MOS Certification/Certiport Competitive Event:
Our team met with National FBLA last week to review the questions and thoughts from all of you about MOS Testing and Recognition – and we have some important updates to share.
Certiport does not release any results to National FBLA until after March 1. FBLA doesn’t have any way to see the data, and Certiport doesn’t share it – until this time. Unfortunately, this means that we are unable to recognize MOS Winners at the Regional Conferences – at least not at this time. We did share your very valuable feedback on how important this event is to Washington with National FBLA and they will share with Certiport – and hopefully this may change in the future. Thank you all for sharing on this!
National FBLA doesn’t receive the results until at least March 2, and sometimes not until March 5. They do have to sort the results and rank them by state – so sometimes we may not have these until as late as March 10. Our team in Washington is committed to publishing the results of the MOS testing as quickly as possible once we receive them – but with March 9 being the deadline for SBLC Registration, we understand that this is a challenge for many. Because of this – MOS will NOT count as one of the four events that students are allowed to compete in at SBLC this year. This isn’t a permanent decision, but for this year, it will not count towards the maximum of four. MOS will be considered a recognition event only – if your student is hoping they are a finalist and wanting to be recognized, this event will not hold that against them. Whether winners are in attendance at SBLC or not, we will recognize them during our awards process. If you have a winner that didn’t register for conference or attend, please plan to pick up their recognition – as we will not mail it.
If you want to add a student to SBLC after the March 9 deadline, there still would be a late fee – so please be sure your students in MOS are planning now that either A) they are competing in other things and may have a very exciting piece of bonus recognition – or B) if the only reason they would attend SBLC is because they placed in MOS, they may need to be prepared to pay a late fee if results aren’t available quickly enough. Again, know that we will publish these as quickly as they are available.
Thank you again to many of you for sharing great feedback on this!
Listen & Learn Tour Update:
We just completed our first stop on the Listen & Learn Tour and thank everyone who participated. The feedback we received has been greatly valuable in communicating with advisers! Please see the remaining schedule (and note a location update for Southeast Region).
January 12, Capital Region Winter Conference – Mike Oechsner will be in attendance
January 17, West Central Region Adviser Meeting – 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lynnwood HS
January 18, Puget Sound Region Adviser Meeting, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fife High School
January 21: North Central Region Winter Conference – Mike Oechsner will be in attendance
January 23, Southwest Region Winter Conference – Mike Oechsner will be in attendance
January 27, Southeast Region Listen & Learn: 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Red Lion Hotel Richland – Restaurant (restaurant not open to the public)
February 1 Civic Engagement Day (select State Officers) – Mike Oechsner will be in attendance
February 1, Northeast Region Winter Conference – Sarah Magney will be in attendance
TV Show Topic in Multiple Competitive Events - IMPORTANT:
In Digital Video Production, Publication Design, and Social Media Campaign, the topic that was released at the beginning of the year has had many of us a bit confused. Even with the release of a topic clarification, there was still confusion. Our team asked for some added clarity from the National Awards Program Committee, and we wanted to share with all of you.
Digital Video Production:
You are creating a promotional video for a new TV show or Movie. This is NOT a real TV Show or Movie – it is something that you are dreaming up! It has to be “showing” on a “member” network – meaning that whomever is going to watch it has to pay a membership fee – so for example, NetFlix promoted Fuller House hoping more people would pay for NetFlix – as that’s the only way you get to see it. You get to create a new show – that’s going to show on whatever network you want – and a promo video for it – that will make people want to pay a fee to be able to see it.
You are creating print ads for a new (imaginary) show or movie that has to be on a paid network or service. This event is really going to require your creativity – as you have to create very specific promo items for a show that nobody knows about (because it doesn’t exist yet, it’s imaginary, it’s going to start this fall on a paid network near you!).
Social Media Campaign
You are creating a social media campaign for a new show – a show that doesn’t exist yet – something imaginary – something no station has come up with. The station it will play on is a station folks pay to be able to watch (HBO, Showtime, Netflix). You are trying to create buzz around a new show that’s so cool that it’s suddenly worth going out and starting to pay for this station so that you can watch this show. You aren’t filming a show, you are creating a promo plan for it. In your presentation, you will want to creatively share a synopsis of the show – so that the judges can get excited about it.
Gold Seal Chapter:
For 2016-17, Gold Seal Chapter will be awarded based on chapters who submit a Local Chapter Annual Business Report. We will award Gold Seal to the top scoring chapters for as many Gold Seal awards as we are allowed to present. This process will be updated in 2017-18 – but for 2016-17, the only way to earn Gold Seal will be to submit an Annual Business Report.
Clarity has been sought from multiple advisers about repeat competitors. Washington is following the national guidelines for repeat competitors. How many times a student competes in, wins, places, in, etc. in an event at regional conferences or SBLC does not impact their future eligibility – what matters is if they have ever competed at NLC.
In any event – individual or team – if the student competed as an individual at any NLC in an event, they are no longer eligible to compete in that event at any level.
In an event where a student competed on a team (EXCEPT for Parli Pro), they may compete again, but they must have all new team members – no two team members can compete together again.
For Parli Pro – two members of a previous team may continue, as long as all other team members are new.
If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
We are working on competitive event clarifications, which means that the SBLC Guide will not be out until early next week. The guide is going to be much more comprehensive to be sure all questions are answered…so watch for it with next week’s weekly update.
Business Plan & Business Financial Plan:
These two events will now be direct to state. If your region is offering them – that’s awesome! This is an extra practice opportunity for your students. Each chapter may have up to two entries in both events.
State Officer Corner:
The state officer team so glad to share all the work we have been doing to put on the greatest conferences all across this beautiful state! Even with all this cold and rainy or cold and snowy weather we hope you all have stayed warm and preparation for Winter Region Conferences has been successful! On that note we would like to wish everyone the best of luck with their competitive events and in particular the Capital Region, who's conference is tomorrow! Again, good luck and we cannot wait to see you all at SBLC in April!
Also we would like to let everyone know that we will not be having LaunchPad this year. If this has impacted anyone please reach out to Alli (state president) and she will support you! In the situation that any members are interested in pitching their business ideas or plans to a business professional, we have many resources, including Lindsay Adreotti, who are excited to support you! She can be contacted at Lindsay@wafbla.org.
Thank you for being such an amazing group of people that make this organization so great! Good luck again!
-Alli Redd on behalf of the 2016-17 State Officer Team
Mike Oechsner, MBA, CAE, CMP