This event honors outstanding PBL members who demonstrate teaching potential, leadership qualities, and evidence of knowledge and skills essential for successful careers in teaching business and/or marketing subjects.

This event consists of four (4) parts: submission of a letter of application with a resume, submission of a lesson plan, an interview, and a lesson presentation.  Participants are required to complete all parts to be eligible to win an award.


Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by February 15 of the current school year.
State        Each charter may enter one participant.

National    See national guidelines: www.fbla-pbl.org.



State        When it has been determined that a student will represent the charter at state competition, the appropriate entry form must be sent to the state adviser received by the date specified in the SLC registration packet.

National    See national guidelines: www.fbla-pbl.org.

  • Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the state chapter and the national association.

  • Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st or 2nd in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.

  • Participants failing to report on time may be disqualified.

  • Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.



•    Each participant must submit three copies of the following items:

a.    A letter of application for a teaching position.  
b.    A brief resume not to exceed two pages.  Photographs are not allowed.

c.   A recommendation (original or copy) from an educator attesting to the participant’s potential teaching ability.

d.    A lesson plan that is representative of a lesson that would be taught in a high school or secondary business education class.   The topic for the lesson plan and presentation will be listed each year in the Chapter Management Handbook from the national office and several of the State Adviser Updates.  The lesson plan should be no more than two pages and include the following components:  Objective, Lesson Content (time of each activity), Instructional Events, Assessment, Resources, and Alignment to NBEA Standards.

•    All copies of the above materials must be submitted in three (3) standard file folders. The tab of the folder must be labeled with the participant’s name, school, state, and event title. Include the participant’s name on all pages submitted.  The materials must be received in the state office by the date specified in the State Leadership Conference registration packet.  

•    A deduction of up to five (5) points will be made from the score of participants who submit materials by the stated deadline but do not adhere to the event guidelines for the submission of proper materials.

•    Judges will be given copies of all participants’ application materials.  No other items may be brought to the interview or left with the judges.

•    Participants failing to submit materials by the stated deadline may be disqualified. 

•    The letters of application, resumes, and lesson plans must be prepared by student members, not advisers.  Local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the letters of application and resumes are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in a business style.


Participants will be divided into groups and will be scheduled for a ten minute initial interview.  The interview times will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.

Judges will be given copies of all participants’ application materials.  No other items may be brought to the interview or left with the judges.

In the event that fewer than 15 participants register for this event, the preliminary round may be eliminated and participants will go directly to the final round.

If required, finalists will be assigned times at random for their final performance.  Final rounds will be fifteen minutes in length.   In the final round, props or items needed to present the lesson may be brought into the room, but may not be left with the judges.  Technology may be used to present the lesson, but participant must provide all equipment.

This event will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  The final interview scores will be used in determining the winners.  All decisions of the judges are final.  


State        State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

National    The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.