- 25%…..Personality Interview
- 25%…..Personality Speech
- 25%…..Extemporaneous Question
- 25%…..Speech Presentation/Stage Arts
Judging of the foregoing categories is subject to and governed by the established policies and procedures of the California State Junior Accolades Ambassador’s Competition. Within these guidelines, judging is solely at the discretion of the judges selected by the California State Junior Accolades Ambassador’s Competition and Youth Focus Inc. The decision of the judges is final in all cases.
1. PERSONALITY INTERVIEW
In this phase of competition, the judges meet with each of the Candidates in a seven-minute informal interview. At this time, the judges evaluate the Candidate’s performance in response to a variety of questions. The Candidate’s knowledge, perception, mental alertness and awareness of current events are evaluated. Articulation and self-expression are carefully reviewed. This area of competition provides an opportunity for the judges to focus upon the Candidate’s sense of values, attitudes, future goals and aspirations, and personality. Personal appearance and grooming habits provide the judges with additional insight relative to the Candidate’s ability to assume a position as a public relations specialist.
2. PERSONALITY SPEECH
In the Personality Speech, the candidate is to provide an on-stage commentary up to 60 seconds including their name, age, school, grade, school activities, hobbies and/or interests, and why they would like to serve as Junior Ambassadress/Ambassador. Candidate’s personality and potential as a community ambassador and public relations specialist is evaluated. Time limit: 60 seconds. There is a 5-second grace period. A 50% penalty will be imposed upon exceeding the time limit.
3. EXTEMPORANEOUS QUESTION
In the Extemporaneous Question competition, the Candidate is provided with a question relating to an area of interest from the Candidate’s Official Application. This Competition provides the judges the opportunity to evaluate the Candidate’s ability to speak before a group and the effectiveness of his or her communication skills. Consideration is given to the creativity and content of their response with regard to the pressures and demands of spontaneity in the public forum. Overall appearance relative to their potential as a community Ambassador and public relations specialist is again evaluated. There is no time limit.
4. SPEECH PRESENTATION/STAGE ARTS
Candidates have the choice in this phase of competition of presenting either a speech presentation or a performing arts skill, which has been mastered through dedicated study. Both types of presentations will be judged equally. Time limit: 2 minutes. A 30-second grace period is allowed. A 50% penalty will be imposed upon exceeding the time limit.
a. CRITERIA FOR SPEECH PRESENTATIONS
The purpose of the speech competition is to evaluate each Candidate’s skills in developing qualities as a public relations specialist who will be addressing community groups in public speaking activities. The Candidate is to prepare a speech on a topic the Candidate would advocate for as a community representative/Goodwill Ambassador. The Candidate will be judged on language and grammar, delivery, power of expression and general effectiveness. Candidates are allowed to use note cards for the delivery of the speech.
b. CRITERIA FOR PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTATIONS
In the Stage Arts Competition, the Candidate displays a live talent or stage presentation. In this phase of competition degree of difficulty and technical ability are considered by the judges. Types presentation include, but are not limited to, monologue, dramatic reading, dancing, vocal performance (singing), instrumental performance (piano, guitar, flute, etc.), art demonstration/presentation, dramatic reading, cheer routine, etc.