Judges Needed for North Dakota DECA State Competitions


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Each year high school and college members attend their State Career Development Conferences to compete and earn the right to represent North Dakota at the International Conference. 

We need volunteers to help us identify the best in each of the competition categories! 

Could that be you? We hope so because we need more than 150 business professionals at our Bismarck competition. Check out our FAQ below and check your calendar. The high school competition is a part of the Conference held in Bismarck in March. 

Complete one of the registration forms now!

What is being a DECA judge like?

Mostly, it’s fun! As a judge, you’ll check-in and receive your competition assignment/location. All of the materials are provided for you and there is no preparation needed prior to arriving to judge. We’ll have a short orientation session before you begin seeing your first competitor and helpful Competition Directors are available to answer your questions. Students will be presenting to you based on the business scenario that they are given. You will evaluate the students based on their presentations using the judges rubric. You will see anywhere from 5-18 student presentations. The top students will represent North Dakota at the International Conference.

How much experience do I need to have to judge?

We have judges that have continued to return every year, but we welcome all new judges as well. In most cases, you will be judging with someone.

What do I do as a judge?

Materials are prepared for you including a rubrics for the evaluation. You critique and score the students based on their performance and presentations. You may be asked to interact with the students or ask questions.

What do I need to bring?

Just yourself!  All materials are provided. If you’d like to bring business cards and paperclips to attach to them judges form, you’re welcome to do that too. 

What do I need to know about DECA to be a judge?

You do not need to know anything about DECA to be a judge. However, we ask that you bring your experience from business to critique the students on their presentations.

What do others say about being a judge after judging?

Our judges continually tell us how great of an experience it is to judge the DECA competition and how it is an equally great experience for students. We even hear how judges learn new things and are inspired by the students as well.