Community Service Competition
This competition recognizes MSAs that demonstrate the value of community involvement – How the MSA makes a difference in the community.
MSAs may submit up three community service proposals. The basic gist is to get your members to be involved in your local community with the goal of making a difference.
Each MSA participating is required to make five to ten minute video or slideshow presentation whereby they convince others that their community service project is worthy of the title “Excellence in Community Service Award.”
The judges will analyze each campaign according to the goals proposed and the achievement of those goals, the hours and budget spend, the amount of members involved, and the materials supporting the project.
On the day of the conference, the top six MSA Community Service Campaign will be recognized and the participants of the conference will choose which campaign they thought was most effective. The winning MSA will receive a prize in the form of a plaque and will be recognized.
This competition recognizes the individual’s ability to form a coherent and powerful argument in a specific topic.
Each competitor will learn of the topic at the beginning of the event. A coin toss will decide the order in which the competitors pick their sides of the argument. Each competitor will have five minutes to prepare arguments. The competition will proceed as follows:
6 mins – Affirmative Argument
6 mins – Negative Argument
4 mins – Affirmative Rebuttal
4 mins – Negative Rebuttal
3 mins – Affirmative Conclusion
3 mins – Negative Conclusion
Winners will be determined by selected judges.
Public Speaking Competition
This competition recognizes the individuals ability to speak in front of a crowd of students about a specific topic.
Each student will be assigned a topic which will be revealed to them on April 5, 2012 to prepare their five to ten minute speech. Students will then be asked to submit a draft of their speech in either essay form or outline by April 15. Judges will then analyze each paper and by April 18, the results the top six candidates will be released. The students will be judged according to their persuasive ability in the topic assigned to them. This will be accomplished by examining their ability organize ideas in a meaningful way and portray them precisely and concisely. The student may choose to use references (the Quraan, Hadith, books, etc.); however, if they choose to do accordingly, they must cite their sources properly.
The top six candidates will perform their speech on the day of the competition and will be judged. The top two candidates will then be given a topic ten minutes before their presentation to formulate ideas and will be allotted five to ten more minutes to speak. The top candidate will receive a prize in the form of a trophy and their MSA will be recognized.
Poetry / Spoken Word Competition
This competition is a group MSA video that should center around the theme: “What does MSA mean to me?”
Video should be no longer than 5 minutes long.
This competition recognizes the students unique artistic ability in any medium including photography.
Students who have the artistic qualities and aspire to become an artist, we give you opportunity to show your talent at the Conference. Any medium of art is acceptable and we encourage the students to make it unique and interesting. The work is going to be assumed to not be plagiarized and shows the originality of each participant. The art should have a one paragraph detail about the theme of the artwork and what it is trying to portray. The art will be judged by the everyone at the conference so make it so it catches every one’s eyes.