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MEMORANDUM TO: Blacks In Government Regional Councils and Chapters

FROM: Mr. J. David Reeves - BIG National President

DATE: November 13, 2009

SUBJECT: 2010 Information Superhighway Student Competition (ISSC)

1. The National Organization of Blacks In Government (BIG) is sponsoring its annual Information Superhighway Student Competition (ISSC). The ISSC provides students with the chance to develop computer skills, and demonstrate their expertise and creativity using the information superhighway. The competition is divided into two parts: Information Superhighway Student Competition Academy, and Information Superhighway Student Competition. The ISSC Academy is a youth training initiative focused on providing youth learning experiences on electronic commerce (EC) and information technology (IT). The ISSC has two competition levels: 9th – 10th Grade Levels and 11th – 12th Grade Levels.

2. The ISSC allows chapters and regional councils to make a positive contribution in their community, thus increasing visibility. This provides an avenue for chapter and regional council members to participate in a worthwhile and increasing the chapter’s/council’s ability to recruit and retain members.

3. The ISSC segment of the program will culminate at the National Training Conference in August 2010. First place winners from the Regional Councils’ ISSC’s will compete in the National contest. The National Awards for all categories are: a) First Place – Plaque and $1000, b) Second Place – Plaque and $600, and c) Third Place – Plaque and $400.

4. Please use the attached program package to assist you in conducting your ISSC program. Regional Council and Chapter Presidents should appoint a Chair to coordinate the competition, effectively. Regional Council Presidents should also contact the chapters in their region and inform them of the date and location of their regional competitions. Please note that regional winners must be selected no later than July 1, 2010, and submitted to the Chair, National Program and Planning. ALL entry forms and other documents received after the July 1, 2010, deadline will not be accepted and will be returned to the region. Regional Council Presidents are asked to forward this information to your regional ISSC Chair or your Program and Planning Committee Chair. Also, provide the name, phone number, and e-mail address of your ISSC Chair to the Chair, National Program and Planning Committee no later than 1 February 2010 at glynis.hill@bignet.org.

5. There is a MANDATORY requirement for ALL regions that compete in the ISCC at the national level to provide a regional chaperone. Each region is responsible for assigning primary and alternate chaperones for their contestants during the National Training Conference. Final details on chaperone responsibilities will be provided closer to the national competition.

6. All student entries at the chapter and regional level must adhere to all of the national published guidelines. Any entries submitted to compete in the national competition, which, did not adhere to the national guidelines at either chapter, regional or national level, will be immediately disqualified and will not be able to resubmit the student entry for reconsideration at any level.

7. If you have any questions concerning the ISSC Program, please forward them via email to glynis.hill@bignet.org.

Thanks in advance.

cc: National Board of Directors
National Executive Committee


Attachments:
1. ISSC Academy Program Table of Contents
2. ISSC Academy Program
3. ISSC Theme Introduction
4. ISSC Planning Guide
5. ISSC Flyer
6. ISSC Sample Promotional Letter
7. ISSC Flyer and Brochure
8. ISSC Sample Press Statements
9. ISSC Entry Form
10. ISSC Judges and Master Score Sheets
11. ISSC Timekeeper Sheet
12. ISSC Sample Award Certificate
13. ISSC Permission Form
14. ISSC Package Submission Checklist
15. ISSC 2010 Introduction

2010 Information Superhighway Student Competition (ISSC) National President's Letter

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