A student representative must represent each of the FSPA districts. Nine students serve on the Executive Board. There is one from each of the seven districts in addition to the Student Chairs that are selected annually at the state convention. The student representatives are elected annually at the Fall workshops around the state and serve through the following year’s workshop.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain leadership experience. Please consider running for District 7 Student Representative and contributing your talents and creativity to FSPA.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN “ELECTED” STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
•Plan and help prepare for the statewide Spring convention.
•Students plan the entire convention under adult supervision.
•This will be started at the Executive Board Meeting in Orlando and then continued via computer contact.
Designing the logo for t-shirts
•Planning and carrying out banquet decorations
•Securing “freebies” from vendors
•Writing articles for “FSPA Today”
•Planning student executive board, etc.
•Mailings and phone calls (You will be reimbursed for postage)
•Reps help run the Spring convention activities and events.
•Work with district directors and students from UF to supervise the registration desk, greet speakers and prepare awards.
•Coordinate student activities such as dances and other events.
•Reps and/or publications will be responsible for paying a portion of their convention costs.
•Reps assist their district director in planning the upcoming 2017 Fall District workshop. In addition, they coordinate the election of the next student representative in 2017 with Mr. Pichardo.
•Student MUST BE A JUNIOR during the 2015-2016 school year.
•Student must have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
•Documentation—last report card or certification from school guidance department.
•The student’s publication/broadcast program MUST be a member of FSPA.
•AN APPLICATION MUST be sent to the district director by the October 13th, 2016 (Extended due to Hurricane) deadline. (The are NO nominations from the floor for this position.)
The application below must be filled out completely including attaching the following files:
•Two (2) recommendations
•Proof of GPA
Application must include 2 letters of recommendation
•Can be from teachers or administrators
Attendance at the following is mandatory and no exceptions will be made, not even for Prom/Grad-Nite).
•The student and his/her adviser MUST ATTEND the district workshop.
•The student must attend the State Executive Board meeting in December (exact date forthcoming)
•The student and his/her adviser must attend the State convention in Orlando on April 27th-29th, 2017 at International Drive Wyndham. The elected student will room with his/her publication staff members under the guidance and direction of his/her adviser.
•Student must make travel arrangements to attend these events, but may not travel to Orlando alone or drive alone.
•Student must have time to take on FSPA responsibilities and activities, work independently and work well with adult supervision.
•Student must be computer literate and creative and must be able to use phone skills.
•Student must agree to all of the rules/regulations in the FSPA BYLAWS.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF REPRESENTATIVE’S ADVISER
•Adviser must attend the district workshop.
•Publication must be a member of FSPA
•Membership application to FSPA must be sent by the October 1, 2016 deadline.
•Adviser must assist the student rep, with the district director, to plan state workshops and fill out the appropriate “excused absence forms.”
•Advisers may be asked to assist the student with a project such as reviewing correspondence prior to mailing or helping to prepare items such as name tags for the state convention and the next district workshop
•Adviser must attend the 2016 STATE convention in Orlando and stay at the International Drive Wyndham to chaperone their students and the student rep.
•Nominees will meet near the Arena Door, on the morning of October 22nd at 8 a.m. with the current District 7 Student Representative.
•Nominees will then report to the Nova arena, sitting in the front left rows and will then be called on stage for their presentations.
•Nominees will be called alphabetically at the appointed time to present a one or two minute speech during the Opening Session.
•Speeches must be sent to Alfredo Pichardo via email no later than October 15, 2015. | firstname.lastname@example.org
•Nominees may campaign from the time of the arrival until Noon, at which time all campaign materials must be removed and disposed of properly.
•Gum is NOT to be used as a campaign incentive.
•Stickers can NOT be used as a campaign incentive.
•No campaigning will be permitted in the vicinity of the ballot box, which will be located in the advisor area and supervised by adults.
•Votes for this position are based on a publication vote. Each publication has one vote. This is not a general population vote.
•Advisers will meet with their staff members, ascertain their choice for student representative and then bring the ballot to the media center to counted at Noon.
•All ballots are kept on file for one-year following the vote.
•Nominees must be present at the Closing Session.
•The winner of the election will be announced at this time and the necessary paperwork will be completed for the state.
•If a problem develops and the winner cannot serve as the District 7 representative, the runner-up will be notified and will serve as outlined above.