Calling youth exhibitors! The entries for the 2011 ARBA youth contests that will be held at the ARBA convention will be due soon! The ARBA allows you to enter online this year. Online entries are due September 10th! You can get all the details and enter here: http://arba.net/youth.htm
If you are planning to attend this year’s ARBA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, (the dates are October 29th- November 2nd 2011) and are under age 19, you should definitely consider participating in the many contests offered for youth members! They are the highlight of convention for many kids. In fact, they are the whole reason that many youth even come.
Tips for Writing ARBA Queen, King, Prince, etc and Achievement / Management Applications
The application is a very important part of ARBA royalty. The contests of Achievement and Management are application-only contests, which means you don’t have to be present at convention to participate or win.
These are just hints and tips I’ve gathered from my experience in completing ARBA applications. I can’t guarantee them, but they seem to have served me well. (I won senior achievement in 2008 and was twice a runner-up for Queen.) If you would like me to go over your application with you and make suggestions, I would be happy to do it — just email me at ellyn @ rabbitsmarties.com! I’ve found it really helpful to have an older youth member review my applications for me! Now for the tips…
Make sure you are using this year’s application. These are available at www.arba.net , then click on the youth page. The applications are revised from year to year. (For example, achievement is numbered differently in 2008 than 2007 – be careful!)
Rewrite your application each year. Granted, the forms are very similar if not identical from year to year. But it is better not to just copy/paste from last year, for several reasons. 1) The applications do change (e.g. might change something from “list” to “tell about” ) 2) You are a year older and your writing will be a year better. The guidelines say your application should be “age appropriate”. Why use a 10-year-old’s style when you are 11? Furthermore, the more often you write something, the better it will be and the more chances you have for good ideas. The thing to do is to write an answer from scratch, then compare to last year’s answer and use the best ideas out of each.