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Awards for Suspended Events

In light of the suspension of the season, we wanted to share some updates on how we will handle awards for the events that have been suspended.  FIRST® HQ is working through the Awards process with our Chief Judge Advisors and Woodie Flowers judges and have made the below decisions. We are still reviewing plans for the other awards and will share details as soon as we finalize. Details on the process for each award is below:

 FIRST Dean’s List Award:

  • All students that have been nominated for Dean’s List will receive an interview remotely. Students will be considered for the event they are already assigned to. A local Judge Advisor will reach out to Lead Coach/Mentor 1 and 2 to schedule a time to be interviewed.
  • Each Suspended Regional event will have 2 Finalists selected, just as if the event occurred as scheduled. If your team nominated someone for a week 1 or week 2 Regional that occurred as planned but they were unable to attend the event due to a restriction by the school, county, or country, please send an email to deanslist@firstinspires.org with the nominated student’s name(s) and team number by March 27, 2020. Our Dean’s List team will work to ensure they are interviewed and considered.
  • The number of Finalists for Districts varies by District and each student will be interviewed at least once and considered for one of the District’s Finalist slots.
  • Finalists will be notified once the decisions have been made for that event. Finalists will then be judged by a committee and considered to become Dean’s List Winners. In the coming weeks, we will continue to inform teams on how and when the 10 winners will be announced. The details are still being finalized, so we appreciate your patience as we navigate through these changes.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Awards:

As the judging process is done remotely, Finalists will be chosen for each event just as if the event occurred as scheduled. All mentors who have been nominated for the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award will be considered for the event they were nominated for. Finalists and re-nominated WFFAs will then be judged by the Woodie Flowers Group and considered to for the Woodie Flowers Award. In the coming weeks, we will inform you on how the Finalists and Winners will be announced.

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