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2016 EASTERN REGION TEEN ORATORICAL CONTEST

The 2016 Theme is “Unapologetically Black.”

Competition for the Delaware Valley Cluster will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016

*NOTE:  The following information is taken from the 2014 Oratorical Contest Guidelines

Form (when available) must be emailed by late September 2016 (date yet to be determined).


Overview

The Jack and Jill Oratorical Competition will be completed in two phases.

– The first phase of the competition, the cluster level event as described in this document is conducted at all Eastern Region Cluster Workdays. First place winners at the workday cluster advance to the regional level.

– The final phase of the competition, takes place at the Eastern Regional Teen Conferences. All first place winners must be registered for the teen conference in order to participate in the Regional Oratorical Competition.

THE JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL AT BOTH LEVELS. PHASE I – CLUSTER LEVEL (PHASE II IS COMPLETED AT THE TEEN REGIONAL CONFERENCE)

This is an activity for teens at the Cluster Level. Teens from each chapter in the Cluster will participate in either Division I (13 to 15 years) or Division II (16 to 19 years) competition.

A panel of competent, non-partisan judges will select one winner from each division. Parents of participating teens may not act as judges nor may they be in attendance during judging. The Cluster division first place winners will compete on the Regional Level. Speeches are to be researched, prepared, and written and developed ONLY by the teen contestants. However, they may be coached and/or advised in final preparation for the competition.

The topic for the Oratorical Competition will be the selected Teen Conference theme.


Speech/Spoken Word Guidelines

1. Competitors must state their topic, prior to commencing the speech. A five (5)-point penalty is deducted by the timekeeper for failure to comply. Any salutation to judges, audience member, etc., should precede the announcement of the topic.

2. No special props, costumes, clothing or prompts are permitted. Competitors who do not comply are disqualified.

3. Three (3) minutes are allowed for each speech. A speech may not be less than two and a half minutes (150 seconds) or more than three minutes (180 seconds) in length. Participants who fail to meet the time parameters will be penalized one (1) point for each two second time block (or fraction thereof) under or over the allocated time. Timing of the speech begins immediately after the speaker gives the topic. Timing stops when the speaker finishes. The official timekeeper will make all determinations regarding the actual length of the speeches. The timekeeper’s decisions are final.

4. Competitors may use notes.


Scoring

1. Personal factors – maximum 20 points. Appearance, personality, poise, and body language will be considered.

2. Organization of Material – maximum 30 points. Subject/theme, adherence to subject/theme, l logic, and value will be considered.

3. Presentation and Delivery – maximum 30 points. Voice quality, enunciation, pronunciation, gestures and emphasis will be considered.

4. Overall Effectiveness – maximum 20 points. Appeal, effect, polish, and showmanship will be considered.


Awards

1. Certificate of Participation to all contestants.

2. Winner of Division I at Teen Conference (13-15 Yr. Old) PRIZE TO BE DETERMINED

3. Winner of Division II at Teen Conference (16-19 Yr. Old)  PRIZE TO BE DETERMINED

4. The winners of each cluster for Division I and II PRIZE TO BE DETERMINED

 

Please check back as this page will be updated as information becomes available.

Phil-Mont Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated – Love and Happiness Ski Weekend 2016

Ski Weekend
We are so happy that you will be joining our ski trip weekend!  Please note that online payment is via PayPal and all fees associated are included in the price:

Guest Fee

Our ski trip weekend has become quite popular!  In the past, our chapters were able to absorb the cost of our guests, however this is no longer possible due to the amount of families.  New this year is a “guest fee” that we are requesting all non-Phil-Mont families pay.  The fee covers all activities and goodies that our membership takes part in, such as:  Goody Bags, Hot Chocolate Welcome, Fathers Fellowship, Continental Breakfast, Mom’s Happy Hour, etc.  The cost per family is $30 (plus $1.20 fee).  We thank you in advance for understanding.  (This fee is separate from the cost of the dinner.)

Dinner

Adults (13 and up) – $45 + $1.65 = $46.65
Children (3-12) – $30 + $1.20 = $31.20

 

Registration is now CLOSED

Masquerade Ball

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There are some fabulous prizes up for bid during our silent auction.  We invite you to browse the items now, so that you can plan your bid in advance.

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Navy Yard Hotel

Value: $195 with a starting bid of $75

New York City Shopping

Value:  $1600 with a starting bid of $1250

Hilton Head

Value:  $3600 with a starting bid of $2950

key west

Value:  $2700 with a starting bid of $2350

Bourbon Trail

Value:  $2500 with a starting bid of $1800

broadway

Value:  $2100 with a starting bid of $1850

Calistoga Getaway in the Napa Valley - Page 1 of 2Trip value: $3100 with a starting bid of $2100

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Fairmont Mara Safari Club KenyaTrip Value: $7,100 with a starting bid of $4,500

Fairmont Mara Safari Club Kenya


 

 

Please check back periodically.  We will post items as they become available.

 

MARCH MADNESS PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PA TEENS TAKE ON MARCH MADNESS WITH A CHARITABLE TWIST

For the second year in a row, the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Montco PA Chapter Teens will organize their award-winning charity basketball fundraiser in Plymouth Meeting.

Plymouth Meeting, PA — Teens of today are extremely busy with part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, maintaining good grades and, let’s not forget about a social life. In the midst of it all, some even manage to donate time to a charitable cause or two. Above and beyond, there are the exceptional few who take it a step further and do great things to make a greater impact on the lives of others.

The teens of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Montco PA Chapter wanted to make an impact on the lives of children. Last year, the teens created a fundraising concept that was outside of the normal teen dance or car wash. They wanted an event that was unique, positive and fun with the goal of raising money for causes that benefit kids. One of the teens came up with the idea of a basketball tournament, then with the support of the other teens “March Madness” was born. The First Annual March Madness Fundraiser went on to raise over $10,000 for charity and won the teen group a Jack and Jill Foundation award for the most money raised award at the Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated National Convention, held in Charlotte, NC last summer.

The 2nd Annual March Madness Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Greater Plymouth Community Center in Plymouth Meeting at 6:30 PM. Proceeds will benefit: the Edward T. Coombs Foundation (Edward was a teen from the Montco chapter who died in an automobile accident), the Lupus Foundation (in memory of Erin Wyche, a former Montco chapter teen who died of Lupus and whose sister and brother are now in the teen group) and More Than Me (a local chapter of a national organization started by one of the Montco teens to help liberate and educate girls in Liberia).

What is important to point out is that the entire March Madness event is conceptualized, organized, promoted and executed by the teens. They are out obtaining sponsorships, selling tickets and encouraging other teens to spend both their time and money on this worthwhile event.

The public is invited to attend and teens are encouraged to participate. Corporate sponsorships and donations are welcome. Additional details can be found at: http://jackandjillmontco.org/march-madness/

About Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African American organization formed during the Great Depression. It was formed in 1938 by African American mothers with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated are to “create a medium of contact for children, which will stimulate growth and development and provide children constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational and social programs.” Since 1938, the organization continues on, dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life, particularly for all African-American children. http://jackandjillinc.org/

The Montgomery County PA Chapter was established in 1984 and currently counts 73 families as members. Shelly Pullian serves as chapter president and Natalie Hodges serves as chapter teen president. http://www.JackandJillMontco.org

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Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated – Montco & New Castle Spelling Bee Participants

36 AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPELLING BEE

Children from grades 3 through 5 participated on spelling teams named after 6 historically black colleges,

in celebration of Black History Month 2015.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JACK AND JILL MONTCO PA

Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated – Montco and New Castle DE Spelling Bee Participants With Their Teen Coaches

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania February 15, 2015 – America’s Oldest African American family organization, Jack and Jill of America, Inc’s local Montgomery County Chapter, held its second annual spelling bee today as part of a Black History Month celebration. The event was held at Oxford Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Stenton and Gowen Avenues in Philadelphia. The event was an ambassador program, hosting the New Castle, Delaware sister chapter.  All competing children were in 3rd thru 5th grade and worked on teams named after 6 Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Hampton University, Howard University, Tuskegee University, Wilberforce University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.

Early in the year, each child was paired with a teen member “coach” to mentor and train for the event. “For many of these children, this will be their first time standing on stage competing,” stated parent organizer Kelly Bethea, who initiated the competition within the Montco chapter. “It is a great opportunity for the children to learn about teamwork, planning and preparation, competition and public speaking,” commented Shelly Pullian, Montgomery County Jack and Jill President.

The reason the spelling bee is held during Black History Month is to create a teaching moment, allowing each of us to remember a time where people of color were not permitted to read nor write. In remembering our past, it allows our organization to challenge our youth to succeed beyond the dreams of our ancestors.  Before each grade group commenced, historical information about each college was read to an audience of over one hundred people.

About Jack and Jill of America
Jack and Jill of America is an African American organization formed during the Great Depression. It was formed in 1938 by African American mothers with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated are to “create a medium of contact for children, which will stimulate growth and development and provide children constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational and social programs.” Since 1938, the organization continues on, dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life, particularly for all African-American children. http://jackandjillinc.org/

The Montgomery County Chapter was established in 1984 and current counts 73 families as current members. http://www.JackandJillMontco.org

About National Spelling Bee
The nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea. The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

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For media inquiries, please contact: Karla Trotman at: editor [at] jackandjillmontco.org

Jack & Jill Montgomery County, PA – Golden Nuggets Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Mission:

The mission of this activity is to provide our children with an educational experience in a safe and nurturing environment through team competition between peers from the New Castle County and Montgomery County Chapters of Jack and Jill.

Contestants will compete according to grade level.

Contestants will be mentored/coached by the teen group.

This is a great opportunity for the children to learn about teamwork, planning and preparation, competition and public speaking.

 

Date of Event:  February 15th

Time:  2:30pm-4:30pm

Location: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew; 719 Shipley Street; Wilmington, DE

Deadline to enter:  February 1st (later you enter the shorter time to prepare)

Entry Fee:  $10.00 must be paid by February 1st (If paying online cost is $10.61, includes online fees)

 

Contest Words and Information:

NSB Third Grade Spelling List

NSB_Fourth_Grade_Spelling_List

NSB_Fifth_Grade_Spelling_List

School_Spelling_Bee_List_2-pager

How to Study for a Spelling Bee

 

HOW TO ENTER:

1.  VIA MAIL:  PLEASE SUBMIT REGISTRATION FORM AND ENTRY FEE (Checks written to Jack and Jill of America, Montco Chapter)

Mail to:   Kelly Bethea 256 Towyn Ct; Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002

Registration Form

OR

2.  VIA ONLINE REGISTRATION:


Payment
Child’s Name & Chapter