Students in Grades 9-12
The Norfolk State University School of Business is working with 19 local school divisions in the Hampton Roads area to provide students with college scholarships and cash awards, regardless of whether they apply and enroll at Norfolk State. Students in grades nine through twelve will compete and will have the chance to walk away with one of the three scholarships and cash prizes available.
The winners will receive scholarships and cash prizes as follows:
1st Place: $10,000 — $8,000 scholarship and $2,000 cash
2nd Place: $3,000 — $2,000 scholarship and $1,000 cash
3rd Place: $1,500 — $1,000 scholarship and $500 cash
Winners will be announced in May 2019.
The goals of the competition are to provide early intervention by preparing students for college and the labor market; awareness by alerting students about the importance of communication skills; and motivation by provoking, stimulating or persuading students to express themselves through quality communication.
This competition requires both written and oral communication skills using the topic of Robotics and its Future Impact on Humanity. Each of the 19 school divisions will choose a single winner and that student’s essay will be forwarded. Norfolk State will then choose finalists from the 19, who will compete until first, second and third place winners are chosen by judges in the final round to be held at Norfolk State University.
Guidelines for the written essay:
- Maximum total number of pages: 7
- Font: Times New Roman 12 pt.
- Line spacing: single
- First page: Business Communication Competition, Sponsor: Norfolk State University, Date: …, Name of the candidate, Name the candidate’s high school, Title: Robotics: Future Impact on Humanity, Theme: (candidate’s unique theme (two or three key words).
- Second page: Abstract: (Maximum 500 words). This is to provide the reader with a clear idea about the main points argued and the approach taken.
- Pages three thru seven • Background: Review this topic by citing multiple sources (Academic, government sources, mass media, etc. …)
- Discussion: Explore this topic from your own point of view to present your arguments, reasoning, persuasion, assessment, etc. …
- Students submit essay to their school’s ELA Curriculum Lead by February 25, 2019.
Warhill: Katie Maclauchlan
Lafayette: Valerie Smith
Jamestown: Liz Wilder
- Each school will rate essays according to the rubric and rank order their student submissions.
- A larger committee will then review the ranked essays from each school and select one student essay to move forward in representation of the School Division.
- This individual’s essay will be submitted to The Norfolk State University School of Business NLT March 1, 2019.
- Presentations are not due until students are notified.
- Presentation Guidelines:
- PowerPoint presentation (maximum number of slides: 5)
- Discuss and do NOT read the slides as is
- Presentation time: 15 minutes
- Candidate: 10 minutes
- Q&A: 5 minutes
The written essay and the oral presentation will be evaluated according to the following rubric:
|Composition Skills (Weight: 45%)||Near perfect spelling, punctuation, and sentence skills: 100%
|Minor flaws in spelling, or punctuation, or sentence skills: 80%||Major flaws in spelling, or punctuation, or sentence skills: 60%|
|Objectives of the Essay (Weight: 15%)||Accomplishes all objectives of the essay: 100%||Approaches accomplishing all objectives of the essay: 80%
|Minimally accomplishes all objectives of the essay: 60%
|Presentation (Weight: 40%)||Near perfect speech, organization, and delivery: 100%||Minor flaws in speech, or organization, or delivery: 80%||Major flaws in speech, or organization, or delivery: 60%