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Mary Ann Berdan Nomination Form
Mary Ann Berdan Award Certificate
The Mary Ann Berdan Award is given to teams and individuals who show creativity above and beyond expectations and demonstrate exceptional team work. Every meet can have many Mary Ann Berdan Award winners even if there is only one winning team each meet, so encourage your facilitators to keep their eyes open for these qualities during every competition!
Peggy L. Sheldon Award Certificate
In honor of founder/creator/longtime director Peggy Sheldon, current USAT staff have created a new award recognizing student teamwork. The Peggy Sheldon Award can be given to students or teams displaying exceptional teamwork at any point throughout any USAT Meet. Examples of this include resolving conflicts maturely within the team, making sure all teammates participate even if nervous, being supportive of each other, etc. Nominations for the Peggy Sheldon Award should be given to the Host/Facilitator prior to the conclusion of the Meet, to be awarded at the end of each Meet along with any MaryAnn Berdan Awards.
The “scamper” technique is a great way to help get your students’ creative juices flowing! Try it out during your next brainstorming session or practice! Teams may keep a copy of this sheet in their competition kits.
Very occasionally a host may need to report about problems with behavior or following the rules (usually inadvertant transgressions) in order to assess penalties. The Program Manual details the penalties for different kinds of infractions, or you can find a table of suggested penalties here.